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TOPIC: Three weeks after the Grenfell inferno: Official cover-up and callous indifference

Three weeks after the Grenfell inferno: Official cover-up and callous indifference 09 Jul 2017 07:37 #3609

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5 July 2017
Three weeks after the Grenfell Tower inferno in west London, the initial shock and horror at the huge loss of life has given way to seething anger. The intervening period has only underscored the ruling elite’s callous contempt for the traumatised survivors of the fire and the working class as a whole.
In the early hours of Wednesday, June 14, a small fire in a fourth-floor apartment in the Grenfell residential tower block rapidly became a raging inferno, engulfing the entire 24-storey building. The tower housed some 600 residents, many of whom had no chance of escape.
The building housed workers and poor people living in one of the most deprived areas of the UK, situated at the same time in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the wealthiest district in London. Nothing could more starkly sum up the colossal growth of social inequality not only in Britain, but internationally. The burnt-out husk of Grenfell stands within a stone’s throw of “ghost” homes worth many millions that have never been occupied by their owners. It is only a few miles from Buckingham Palace.
The building was a death trap. There was no sprinkler system, no central fire alarm system and just one stairwell, which quickly became filled with highly toxic fumes. The fire spread so rapidly because the building was wrapped from top to bottom in flammable cladding material, which emitted deadly hydrogen cyanide. The toxic covering had been installed to provide a more pleasant view for the rich residents nearby and keep real estate values high.
When firefighters arrived to tackle the blaze, they were unable to deal with it due to poor access to the building and inadequate equipment and manpower. The Fire Brigade nationally has suffered devastating cuts over the last decade, with 11,000 firefighter jobs lost. Former London mayor and now Tory Foreign Minister Boris Johnson bears major responsibility for Grenfell, having closed 10 fire stations, withdrawn 14 fire engines and cut 522 firefighter jobs during his tenure.
The Grenfell fire was not simply a disaster or tragedy, it was a crime.
Today, three weeks later, it is still unknown to survivors, family members and friends and the public how many people perished in the blaze. The true fatality figure is being concealed by the government out of fear of a social explosion. But the silence of the authorities can only mean that the death toll is appallingly high.

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Three weeks after the Grenfell inferno: Official cover-up and callous indifference 10 Jul 2017 11:17 #3612

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Have heard the loss of life could be as high as 300, load of illegal immigrants were staying with families in the flats,
but that wont get onto mainstream news.
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Three weeks after the Grenfell inferno: Official cover-up and callous indifference 11 Jul 2017 07:16 #3617

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I have also heard these reports, But one must also be aware there Is much Conspiracy theories, Not to mention Fake news !
But as Grenfell was in one of London's Richest areas, Was it Ethnic Cleansing ?
Would/Could This Tory Government go THAT Far. :ohmy:
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