Thursday 27 July 2017

Angry protests erupt on streets as death toll hits 30

Demonstrators crowd onto a staircase as they enter Kensington Town Hall during a protest following the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower block Photo: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Demonstrators crowd onto a staircase as they enter Kensington Town Hall during a protest following the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower block Photo: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Alistair Smout

Grief over the Grenfell Tower disaster turned into angry protests yesterday as the official death toll rose to at least 30 and dozens more deaths were feared.

Prime Minister Theresa May faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you" as she returned to the site of the devastating fire in west London after being criticised for not meeting victims in the wake of the tragedy.

People at a march in Westminster Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
People at a march in Westminster Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Demonstrators stormed the offices of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) over its handling of the crisis amid concerns that earlier renovation work was linked to the dramatic spread of the blaze.

Hundreds of protesters also marched on Whitehall, central London, to voice their frustration at the government's response to the fire, which ripped through the tower block in north Kensington on Wednesday morning. The crowd later began marching towards Kensington, chanting "no justice, no peace".

Yesterday afternoon, protesters barged their way through an automatic door at Kensington and Chelsea Council Town Hall and sought to gain entry to an upper floor. Police barred their way and scuffles broke out. A larger crowd of people remained outside. Several dozen police, including mounted officers, were in attendance. The protesters were angered when no one from the council came out to address their concerns.

Later, angry protesters waited for Mrs May to exit a church in which she was visiting relatives of lost people and called for her to resign. The hostile crowd shouted "get her out!" and there were claims Mrs May could potentially be "trapped in the church" by the people outside. She slipped out by a side door and left to shouts of "coward". The angry crowd chased her car as she left.

Protesters block the road in the West End Photo: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Protesters block the road in the West End Photo: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took to Facebook to attack Labour politicians for "political game playing", defending his record regarding the fire service as mayor of London between 20082016.

Telegraph.co.uk

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in World News