Chanting 'we want justice', protesters storm town hall after deadly London fire
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 0:14
Mrs May was confronted by angry crowds as she visited a church near the 24-storey tower block in west London as protests broke out at Kensington Town Hall.
Demonstrators pushed their way through an automatic door shouting 'We want justice!' and 'Killers!' as they clashed with security guards in the lobby.
And the government did announce a 5 million-pound (about $6.4 million) fund for Grenfell victims on Friday and said it aims to rehouse people within three weeks.
British media and angry local residents have raised a series of issues including whether the cladding used on the building helped the blaze spread.London Mayor Sadiq Khan has written to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding answers on behalf of residents.
Experts have said sprinklers could have been fitted in the tower for £200,000, but Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said there was not a "collective view" among residents in favour of installing them.
This evening, a vigil will be held at Grenfell Tower to honour the memory of the victims of the bad fire.
Some desperate residents pleaded to speak to the queen and her grandson about their plight and the fate of missing children as they left the site, with William promising he would return.
May has been criticised from within her own Conservative Party over her response and she pledged on Thursday to hold a public inquiry into the fire at the social housing block.
Afterwards, the prime minister's auto was chased by protesters unhappy with the government's response to the tragedy.
She returned Friday to meet survivors, residents and volunteers at a local church - but faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you".
However, the death toll is expected to increase as chances are bleak that any survivors will be found alive.
Sixteen "very ordinary people" sat in Downing Street to bring their concerns to May in an "unprecedented" meeting on Saturday and finally felt they were listened to, the Bishop of Kensington, Dr Graham Tomlin said.
"The response of the emergency services, National Health Service, and the community has been heroic", May said in a statement. London police expect the toll to rise but it could take months to search the building and identify the victims.
London Fire chief Dany Cotton said that the intensity of the blaze was unlike anything she had ever seen, sentiments echoed by the prince. But she said the welfare of her loved ones was more important.
Aluminum cladding with insulation sandwiched between two panels has been blamed for helping to spread flames in major fires in many parts of the world, including blazes in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States.