Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Tower Block Fire Survivors Storm London Town Hall

Tower Block Fire Survivors Storm London Town Hall

Armed with signs stamped with "JUSTICE FOR GRENFELL" and "NEVER AGAIN", protesters took to the streets of London on Friday afternoon to call for justice for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

But the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, responding to the anger visible during the demonstrations on Friday outside Kensington town hall, said people needed answers much sooner.

Police broke up a scuffle between members of the crowd as the Mrs May's auto drove off.

The London Evening Standard reported that hundreds of activists marched to the town hall and gathered outside the building on Friday chanting: "We want justice". A larger crowd of people remained outside.

Later, dozens of people appeared to push and shove each other outside the town hall. She met firefighters and police officers who worked around the clock in the aftermath of the fire.

The protesters are seeking a list of demands which has been given to the council, Xinhua news agency reported.

While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society.

May on Friday announced a 5 million pound ($6.4 million) fund following meeting with survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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"We always knew that the death toll would increase", Cundy said, adding that there was nothing to suggest that the fire at the Grenfell Tower was started deliberately. Instead they released a statement promising to rehouse as many people locally as they could. She has also launching a public inquiry into the fire, demanding that Londoners "deserve answers".

On Saturday, May met for two hours with 15 survivors and community leaders at her official residence at 10 Downing Street in London.

But former cabinet minister Michael Portillo said the Prime Minister "didn't use her humanity".

Tower residents and many others in the area are still struggling to come to terms with what they have seen and lived through.

"People are terrified that the same thing could happen to them", Khan wrote in the letter. Javid said the findings would be passed to local authorities and ministers to aid with emergency inspections of 4,000 tower blocks across the United Kingdom, many of which are covered in cladding similar to that on Grenfell Tower.

However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was London mayor until previous year, took to Facebook to attack opposition Labour politicians for "political game playing".

Speaking outside after the service, which he attended with his wife Saadiya, he said people are "angry not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the Government, but the years of neglect from the council and successive governments".

"We as the police, we investigate criminal offences, I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offences that have been committed, that's why you do an investigation, to establish it", he said.

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