Anger boils over as London fire toll hits 30
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 19:48
Police broke up a scuffle between members of the crowd as the Ms May's vehicle drove off. The protesters were angered when no one from the council came out to address their concerns, reporters said.
The local authority, which owns the tower block where families rent their homes, says it is doing all it can to support the victims and to help the relief operation. The small protest made its way to Downing Street, May's official residence, where they met a large police presence.
"It was a death trap and they knew it", one person shouted as demonstrators swelled outside the council building, with dozens going inside and clashing with police and security guards.
Public anger was mounting as residents and neighbors demanded answers for how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling in a renovation of Grenfell Tower that ended in May 2016.
The block, which housed some 600 people in about 120 apartments, is in a low-rent housing estate next to one of the most affluent areas of Britain. "I spent several hours yesterday talking to local residents around Grenfell Tower", he wrote.
Britain is now likely to go into arduous talks on Monday about its exit from the European Union with a weakened leader who is dependent on a small Northern Irish party.
May on Friday visited some of the rescued undergoing treatment in Kensington and Chelsea Hospital.
The family of missing girl Jessica Urbano said they had not heard from her since a phone conversation at 1:39am on Wednesday, after the fire took hold.
Some desperate residents pleaded to speak to the royals about their plight and the fate of missing children as they left the site, with William promising he would return.
Pressed again on whether she had failed to understand the anger felt by the public, she said: "This was a awful tragedy that took place".
The five million pounds are to be used to cover emergency supplies, funeral costs and loss of possessions, Efe news reported.
Theresa May really needed to break from her robotic interview style there - didn't happen.
"She should have been there with the residents". Former cabinet minister Michael Portillo said that decision amounted to a lack of "humanity".
May also drew criticism for seeming wooden and reluctant to engage in open debate with political rivals and voters during her election campaign, but local government minister Sajid Javid, responsible for housing policy, defended her on Friday.
"People were telling them to stay in the building, but they had hope because they listened".
However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was London mayor until past year, took to Facebook to attack opposition Labour politicians for "political game playing". Her grandson Prince William accompanied her and told a volunteer, "That's one of the most bad things I have ever seen". On Thursday, May was pictured speaking to emergency workers, but was kept away from the public.
After her visit, Mrs May said: "Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the Government is there for them at this bad time - and that is what I am determined to provide".
Confirming the latest death toll, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said the tower remained "in a very hazardous state" but there was "nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately".