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May offers 5-mn-pound support package for London fire victims

17 Junio 2017, 12:10 | Martinez Canez

" the man was heard crying from the crowds".

Activists brought the heart of the city to a standstill as they marched from the Home Office headquarters to Downing Street.

Organisers estimated at least 1,400 were involved, with many waving placards.

London's Grenfell Tower fire is a tragic incident that is bound to affect how safety codes are enforced in Ontario, one building inspector says.

Hundreds of people, including singer and human rights campaigner Lily Allen, were protesting outside the town hall of Kensington and Chelsea, holding up cardboard signs reading "Justice for Grenfell". One Moroccan woman in the mosque, Habiba, said she was looking for a 16-year-old Moroccan school girl Nur Huda El Wahabi who is missing, who is best friends with her son Abdul.

The death toll is expected to rise further as rescue workers continue to search for victims - an operation that Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy described as "extremely challenging".

The contractors involved in the renovation have said they believe their work was up to code, and the management organization has said it complied with Britain's strict fire safety rules. They left the building immediately, leaving everything behind. Some jumped to their deaths rather than face the flames, and witnesses reported seeing small children thrown from the tower by their families in a desperate bid to save them. There are no words. I'm angry, I have children.

After her initial failure to engage with the public, the Prime Minister sought to make amends when she went to St Clement's Church, near the blaze, to meet locals and community leaders.

A larger crowd of people remained outside.

"Why are Sadiq Khan and Corbyn coming down here to speak to people and Theresa May is coming here with police, walking around, not meeting no one [sic], not meeting families?" a young local asked the cabinet minister.

Police broke up a scuffle between members of the crowd as Mrs May's auto drove off.

British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the injured in hospital on Friday but is herself under mounting criticism for not meeting victims of the blaze sooner.

During an official visit to the scene, Queen Elizabeth II, too, was confronted by hecklers who wanted answers.

Mustafa Almansur addressed the crowd just seconds before they charged for the doors of the town hall.

The protesters paused along Kensington Church Street, stopping near Notting Hill Gate station to give speeches by loudspeaker.

The interviewer, Emily Maitlis, suggested that there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and that the government accepted responsibility, but May said: "Something bad has happened. Throughout it, there were a range of concerns about fire safety". People died in their homes.

Questions are growing about how the Grenfell Tower fire spread so quickly, focused on the cladding fitted to external walls as part of an £8.7 million ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) refit completed past year.

"The council is following legislation made by the government, the government has made cuts in every single borough".

"What we are doing is putting in place the support that will help them. This is the result".

Like many other residents she has spent the days following the fire living in temporary shelters with minimal sleep, printing and distributing posters wherever she can. While the cause of the blaze has not been officially identified, residents had been complaining about conditions in the building since it was remodeled in 2016, but were rebuffed.

Meanwhile, 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.

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