A defaced poster for information about Madeleine McCann speaks volumes about local feeling in Praia da Luz.
It is two years today since the four year old British girl went missing while staying at the Portuguese resort. But despite a renewed campaign for help, her disappearance is not being marked in any special way here. Many people have become fed-up with the unwanted association as they feel it has put off holidaymakers and damaged their livelihoods. There is also some hostility towards the McCann’s. “It’s brought nothing but bad luck. For me it’s a case closed, no-one should talk about it. I never want to see the McCann’s again,” said one woman. “It’s created lots of unemployment. We’re in a right state…everything was fine before,” complained one elderly woman. Emotions are especially high at the complex where she disappeared, 21 employees have been sacked due to a downturn in trade. Nevertheless, Madeleine’s parents still believe that someone must come forward with fresh information. They also hope that a new documentary to be aired this week, in which they give their account of what happened, will convince authorities to open a new investigation.