Angry locals have stormed the buildings of Kensington and Chelsea council, demanding “answers” and “justice” after the Grenfell Tower fire. Between 400 and 500 people gathered outside the local authority buildings, with frustration boiling over and a crowd running towards the doors.
100 people are getting inside, with others banging on the doors and shouting “we want justice!” Council officials refused to address the crowd but responded to demands from locals in a written statement.
Demonstrators were not satisfied, however, as there were no assurances given that victims would be housed locally in the borough or given full financial compensation.
At least 30 people have been confirmed dead, 24 are still receiving treatment, of which 12 are still in critical care, and at least 70 are missing after what has been described as Britain’s worst disaster since Hillsborough.
The council has been criticized for not investing in local housing, and for prioritizing ecological concerns and aesthetics over fire safety in a 2016 multi-million pound refurbishment of the block.
The council chose cheaper, non-fire resistant insulation panels to erect around the building, rather than spend £5000 extra on a safer option.