Protesters storm Kensington town hall as anger grows over Grenfell Tower disaster

Protesters stormed the local town hall in Kensington demanding action in the wake of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire.

As police tried to block them from accessing the upper floors of the building, people waved placards and shouted complaints about a perceived lack of response from the local authority.

“We want justice,” the crowd chanted – before breaking into cries of: “Murderers, murderers”.

Residents had sent a list of demands to the council, including the immediate rehoming of all people displaced by the fire within the borough; the release of funds to take care of the welfare of those affected; and a complete list of the residents known to live in the tower block.

A protester named Mustafa spoke to a crowd of hundreds via a megaphone and urged others to stay calm, beckoning them away from the front of the town hall building.

He read the council’s response to each of the demands, after which people began chanting: “Not good enough.”

In a written response, a council spokesman said:

Mustafa then asked them to keep the protest peaceful, adding: “You have been amazing – please stay the amazing people that you are.

“Otherwise they will point the finger at you and me.”

Some voiced anger that the official death toll has remained far lower than the figure to which many expect it to rise.

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