Protests in London over Grenfell Tower fire

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A large protest made its way through West London this evening as frustration grows over the Grenfell Tower fire.

There had been two separate demonstrations earlier in the day, one at Kensington Town Hall and another close to the Home Office.

However, this evening they appeared to combine and have arrived at the charred remains of the tower, having been applauded by people standing on the roadside along the route.

As they got closer to the building, the haunting silhouette loomed over them and trees had posters of missing people stuck on them by their loved ones.

Crowds chanted ‘Justice for Grenfell’, ‘Theresa May, blood on your hands’ and ‘May must go’ as they marched.

The crowd kept pausing so that they could stay together as a large group.

A line of volunteers also marched in the protest, collecting care packages for the survivors.

There were scuffles earlier in the day, but the protest turned largely peaceful and received the support of motorists who sounded their horns.

The Home Office protest moved across Trafalgar Square, up Regent Street and stopping at Oxford Circus.

Elsewhere in London, hundreds of mourners stood arm in arm at a vigil at the Latymer Christian Centre, just yards from the site of the blaze.

‘We are their voices’ Grenfell protesters march for justice.

 

Grief turns to anger with protests in west and central London over Grenfell Tower fire
The scene in Westminster this evening where a crowd of protesters is growing (Picture: Reuters)

It then moved along to Broadcasting House before doubling back on itself towards and then along Oxford Street, past Marble Arch and along Hyde Park.

The first protest, which ended at Notting Hill Methodist Church made its way through West London from Kensington Town Hall where some demonstrators stormed the building earlier in the day.

Thousands of people were involved in the protests expressing anger at the Government response to the disaster Wednesday’s disaster that left many people dead.

 

Grief turns to anger with protests in west and central London over Grenfell Tower fire
Police lines at Broadcasting House where Grenfell Tower protesters paused

Throughout the march chants of ‘justice’ had rippled up the crowd.

‘We are here today because you must look at that building with tears streaming down your face,’ one woman told the group as they neared the foot of the tower.

Pausing, the hundreds fell silent for a moment before breaking into applause and cheers for those killed.

‘We need answers and we need answers now,’ another man said through a megaphone.

‘This should not be happening in the United Kingdom, this should never happen.’

 

Grief turns to anger with protests in west and central London over Grenfell Tower fire
People sat down in Oxford Circus (Picture: Reuters)

 

Grief turns to anger with protests in west and central London over Grenfell Tower fire
Traffic in central London has been brought to a standstill (Picture: Reuters)

 

Grief turns to anger with protests in west and central London over Grenfell Tower fire
Protesters gather at Notting Hill Methodist Church after marching back from Kensington Town Hall (Picture: Getty)

Chris Imafidon, whose home overlooks Grenfell Tower, gave an emotional address to the crowd, holding a poster for one of the young children missing in one hand and a scorched piece of cladding in the other.

He said: ‘I’m not here because I support the Tories, Labour or Liberals.

‘I’m here because this child … on Tuesday went to bed and now nobody knows where this child is.

‘I was in front of the block of flats that went up in flames and here (the cladding) is the evidence.’

Earlier some protesters stormed council offices and some council workers appeared to be targeted and set upon by a handful of people.

The crowds in Westminster, shouting ‘May must go’, ‘justice for Grenfell’ and ‘blood on your hands’, were met with a cordon of police officers as they marched up Horseguards Parade, coming to a stop outside the entrance to Downing Street.

Organisers estimated at least 1,400 were involved, with many waving placards saying ‘Justice for Grenfell’. – Metro

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