‘Three Billboards’ inspires Grenfell Tower protest in London

The blaze engulfed a residential tower block in North Kensington, west London. Police opened a legal investigation amid considerations that flammable cladding used in a refurbishment of the tower could have contributed to the hearth. However no arrests have been made.

On Thursday, three large posters emblazoned with the phrases “71 DEAD,” “AND STILL NO ARRESTS?” and “HOW COME?” had been mounted on vans and pushed across the streets of the British capital.

The placing protest echoes a scene from the latest movie, “Three Billboards Outdoors Ebbing, Missouri,” in which a grieving mom portrayed by Frances McDormand places comparable messages on three billboards to disgrace native authorities for his or her inaction following the rape and homicide of her daughter. The movie is up for seven Oscars on the Academy Awards subsequent month.

The posters in London used comparable language and the identical colour because the billboards in the film. The vans traveled by way of the town earlier than parking on the scene of the catastrophe in west London, the place members of the neighborhood and survivors gathered.

The neighborhood group that organized the protest, Justice4Grenfell, additionally posted a press release on their web site calling out officers for not doing extra for the reason that fireplace.

“eight months on from the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower, the problem is being ignored. 71 folks died in the Grenfell Tower. And nonetheless no arrests. And nonetheless 297 flammable towers. And nonetheless a whole bunch of survivors are homeless. And nonetheless they don’t seem to be represented on the inquiry. And nonetheless there may be not justice,” the assertion learn.

“These three billboards are right here to maintain this tragedy in the nationwide conscience, to make our voices heard. And our voices name for change to a system that kills. And our voices demand justice for Grenfell,” it continued.

A government-ordered inquiry into the hearth is ongoing and lots of of those that misplaced their houses stay in non permanent lodging.

London’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, has stated the legal investigation into the hearth will not probably be concluded till 2019.

In line with a UK authorities report, of the 395 households affected by the hearth, 300 had been residing in resorts, 75 had been in residences, 9 had been residing with family and friends on a short lived foundation, and 11 had discovered new everlasting lodging by the top of September.

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