FURY BURNS IN HEARTS OF LO­CALS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

SHOUT­ING “Killers!” and “We want jus­tice”, dozens of peo­ple stormed the town hall in London’s rich­est bor­ough, ac­cus­ing the au­thor­i­ties of ig­nor­ing the plight of the vic­tims of the Gren­fell Tower block blaze. Three days af­ter fire ripped through the 24-storey block, killing dozens of peo­ple, res­i­dents are des­per­ate for an­swers — and for the bod­ies of their loved ones, many of whom are still in­side.

Dur­ing an angry protest out­side the head­quar­ters of the of­fices of the Royal Bor­ough of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea, which man­ages the so­cial hous­ing block, a group broke off and scuf­fled with se­cu­rity guards in the lobby of the red-brick build­ing.

“Shame on you!”, they shouted in a stand-off in­volv­ing around 30 peo­ple, as many po­lice of­fi­cers, as well as a dozen se­cu­rity guards.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple, in­clud­ing singer and hu­man rights cam­paigner Lily Allen, were protest­ing out­side, hold­ing up signs say­ing “Jus­tice for Gren­fell”.

One pro­tester held up a “Wanted” poster for an ex­ec­u­tive who man­ages the build­ing, ac­cus­ing him of “cor­po­rate man­slaugh­ter”.

“It is crim­i­nal to wrap homes in flammable plas­tic,” an­other sign read af­ter it emerged cladding in­stalled on the ex­te­rior walls as part of a re­cent re­fur­bish­ment was not fire-re­sis­tant.

Res­i­dents had long com­plained about fire safety risks at Gren­fell Tower, but said the con­cerns of the multi-eth­nic, largely work­ing-class in­hab­i­tants had been brushed off by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

“We are in the rich­est bor­ough in the UK and in this very bor­ough we have a build­ing where some of the poor­est live and the safety measures are to­tally in­ad­e­quate,” Mustafa Al Man rally or­gan­is­ers, said.

“We need to know what com­mit­ment the coun­cil is tak en­sure this tragedy is not repe

“We need to know ex­actly num­ber of peo­ple who were th dur­ing this tragedy.”

There were chaotic scenes pro­test­ers shouted through a loud­speaker, with one say­ing: death trap and they knew it.”

The pro­test­ers also held up of those feared dead, as the cr shouted: “No jus­tice, no peace

“We are not here to trou­ble We just want an­swers,” said S

Bua­mani, 25, who at­tended the protest with her three-year-old niece on her shoul­ders.

“I have friends in the tower and they are not telling us any­thing. We can’t re­spect the bod­ies.”

Many of those in the crowd were calling for the re­mains of their loved ones to be re­turned, high­light­ing how sur­vivors had de­scribed walk­ing over bod­ies on the stair­well as they fled.

“They (the au­thor­i­ties) are clearly aware roughly of the num­ber of bod­ies,” said lo­cal res­i­dent Karen Brown, 36, whose friend’s 12-year-old daugh­ter Jes­sica was among those miss­ing.

“The fact that they are not telling peo­ple is very frus­trat­ing. We are not stupid, we are aware peo­ple are dead. Just tell them!”

The crowds moved back to­wards the black­ened tower, gain­ing num­bers un­til sev­eral thou­sands were march­ing through the af­flu­ent streets around Not­ting Hill.

Anger was largely di­rected at Con­ser­va­tive Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, who was ear­lier heck­led and booed af­ter vis­it­ing sur­vivors in a church nearby.

“Theresa May it’s time to go,” they shouted, while oth­ers held up ban­ners say­ing “Tories out”.

Pro­test­ers on the streets of London and (in­set left) Prince Wil­liam at the scene. Pic­tures: AP, Getty The Queen at a very som­bre Troop­ing the Colour yes­ter­day

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