London: Grenfell Tower tensions could boil over as thousands set to attend ‘justice’ rally

The Queen appears close to tears as she meets some of those affected by the Grenfell blaze

The Queen appears close to tears as she meets some of those affected by the Grenfell blaze CREDIT: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA

By 
The Telegraph
16 JUNE 2017 • 3:12PM

Thousands of people are expected to attend a rally to demand “justice” for those caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire.

After politicians including London mayor Sadiq Khan and Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, were heckled by angry locals demanding answers, there are fears that tensions could boil over at the event.

A Facebook event, Justice for Grenfell!, has been listed as taking place at 6pm outside the Department for Communities and Local Government, with more than 2,700 people said to be planning to attend.

Facebook invite to Justice for Grenfell

The posting said: “At least 150 people have died in the fire at Grenfell Tower. They deserve justice. We demand answers.

“Solidarity with the residents of Grenfell Tower. Supported by Grenfell action group, Defend Council Housing, Kensington and Chelsea Momentum, Westway23 and NW London Stand Up to Racism.”

Thirty people are confirmed to have died as flames tore through the 24-storey building in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, while dozens are thought to be missing. It is feared the death toll could soar to over 100.

Grenfell Tower in London on Thursday. The authorities have confirmed that 17 people died in the fire, though that number is certain to rise. Credit Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

There were angry scenes in north Kensington on Thursday as London mayor Sadiq Khan was heckled by crowds and Prime Minister Theresa May was criticised for visiting the site without meeting members of the community.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan gives a press conference on Thursday while visiting Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London which was gutted by a blaze on June 14, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Mrs May met police and firefighters dealing with the aftermath of the disaster during a private visit to the west London site, but unlike Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, she was not seen to speak to families and residents.

Theresa May fire
Theresa May speaking to fire crews at Grenfell Tower. She has been criticised for not meeting residents CREDIT: DAN KITWOOD/GETTY
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One Response to “London: Grenfell Tower tensions could boil over as thousands set to attend ‘justice’ rally”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

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