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Grenfell Tower fire: Protests as anger grows

18 June 2017

Protesters have entered Kensington Town Hall here, demanding answers from the local council over the Grenfell Tower residential building fire, media reported on Friday.

The package is also to include a commitment to ensure that all who lost their homes are re-housed as soon as possible near where they lived, temporary accommodation is paid for and that all victims are consulted during a public inquiry into the fire.

"The response we got from the council was not satisfactory", he said. "One woman told me she had escaped in only her top and underwear". May, who also visited survivors of the fire at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said in a statement that she was horrified by their plight - her most emotional statement on the fire to date. He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block that was devastated by a fire early Wednesday.

Local residents have accused police of hiding the true toll.

He says the search for remains had been paused because of safety concerns but has resumed.

May ordered a full public inquiry.to ensure that "this bad tragedy is properly investigated". He says "my heart goes out to those affected". It is also claimed that residents have been complaining about the lack of fire safety in the building for at least eight years.

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Major roads near the stricken building were open Saturday. Police have established a security cordon around the building to protect public safety and allow searchers easy access to the wrecked building.

According to reports, protests were also held at Downing Street and outside a hall where country's PM Theresa May met survivors of the tragedy.

"I don't want to take the day off, this is where I belong".

As well as anger at the prime minister's response, questions have been raised over the government's policy on safety in social housing. Hundreds of others have been left homeless and dozens are missing. May was jeered after she made a visit to the community Friday.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Color that each year marks the queen's official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm.

The queen's official birthday is marked in June when the weather is often nicer than in April, the actual month of her birth.

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"The figure of 30 that I gave yesterday is the number that I know, sadly, have, at least, died". Twenty-four injured survivors are still being treated, 12 of them in critical care.

Meeting volunteers in front of tables stacked with donated goods, William discussed the tragedy with one, saying: "Things like that you never want to see". Residents demanded a separate independent investigation into the £9.7 million refurbishment which covered the building with cladding that many believe helped the deadly fire to spread.

Outside, crowds applauded members of the London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service as they lined up to be thanked for their bravery by the royal visitors.

The tragedy has provoked a big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victim. The British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund for the victims.

The protests are a reflection of the anger in the community following the devastating fire that killed 30 people.

Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people were missing after compiling a list of verified reports.

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