Grenfell Tower Block Fire Survivors Storm London Town Hall*

Grenfell Tower Block Fire Survivors Storm London Town Hall*

Demonstrators enter Kensington Town Hall, during a protest following the fire that destroyed The Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, UK June 16, 2017 | Photo: Reuters


Growing anger over blaze is putting more pressure on the U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

Protesters have stormed Kensington Town Hall in west London during a protest to demand ‘justice’ for the victims of Wednesday’s Grenfell Tower Fire.

Crowds were heard chanting ‘shame on you’ outside the headquarters.

Protesters pushed their way through an automatic door shouting ‘We want justice!’ and ‘Killers!’ as they clashed with security guards in the lobby of the building.

Londoners have organised another rally for the victims, at least 30 people were killed and dozens more are still missing.

A Facebook event, “Justice for Grenfell!” is also being held outside the capital’s Department for Communities and Local Government.

The city’s mayor Sadiq Khan was heckled by an angry crowd demanding answers at the scene on Friday, and there are fears that tensions could escalate.

In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, Khan wrote that the community affected by the fire was “increasingly angry” and felt “their grief has been made worse” by the poor government response to the tragedy.

“As the Mayor of London, I will continue to fight alongside this community to ensure they get the support and answers they deserve and justice done,” Khan wrote.

My letter to the Prime Minister, demanding answers, action and justice for those affected by the #GrenfellTower fire

— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 16, 2017

The death toll from Wednesday’s fire has risen to 30 confirmed fatalities. 24 people are still in hospital and 12 of them in critical care, according to the police.

May made a private visit the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital which is treating eight survivors on Friday afternoon, after being heavily criticized for attending the site but not meeting the Tower block’s residents.

Queen Elizabeth II, the opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Khan have all met the block’s former residents during their visits.

“She wanted an entirely controlled situation in which she didn’t use her humanity,” former cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.

“She should have been there with the residents. You have to be prepared to receive people’s emotions, and not be so frightened about people.”

May met police and firefighters at the West London site on Thursday, to receive a briefing from the emergency services. She later appeared on TV announce a public inquiry into the blaze.

Scotland Yard has launched a criminal inquiry as it emerged that the type of cladding panels used on the building have been widely prohibited on tall structures in the U.S. since 2012 because of its flammability.


Jeremy Corbyn and Labour leadership has proposed that the unused vacant homes owned by overseas investors in the wealthy areas of Kensington and Chelsea be utilized to house the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. “The ward where this fire took place is, I think, the poorest ward in the whole country and properties must be found — requisitioned if necessary — to make sure those residents do get rehoused locally,” the Labour leader said. In contrast to the working-class neighborhood in which the fire occurred, Corbyn noted that the nearby “south part of Kensington is incredibly wealthy, its the wealthiest part of the whole country.”

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