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London protesters demand justice for Grenfell victims

Hundreds of people have marched in London to demand justice for victims of the Grenfell block fire, two months after the tragic incident killed at least 80 people.

The demonstrators marched silently through the streets surrounding the charred tower in West London on Monday.

The protesters, some of them walking with crutches or riding wheelchairs, joined 16 residents’ associations throughout the Kensington borough in voicing distrust for the company that managed Grenfell Tower.

The association chiefs had already written a letter to the council, asking it to terminate its contract with the Tenant Management Organization (TMO).

Chanting “No Justice, No Peace,” the protesters then gathered near the residential tower. Speakers at the event vowed to continue the marches on the anniversary of the tragedy.

The fire began from a malfunctioning bridge and spread all over the 2-story building through the cladding.

“It’s heartbreaking, it really is heartbreaking, I don’t want the world to forget it, don’t want the nation, the country, to forget it could happen to them also,” Judy Bolton, who is part of the Justice4Grenfell group representing some of the survivors, said.

A Kensington and Chelsea council spokesman said: “We fully realize that the Council has lost public trust. But we are determined to act properly, thoroughly and fairly to restore public trust over time.

People take part in a silent march in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in west London on August 14, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

“We are looking at all options for managing our own housing into the future. This will obviously include options for alternative management other than the KCTMO,” he continued.

“We will, of course, consult with residents, the TMO and other potential housing partners on all options,” he added.

Two months after the incident, housing remains a serious issue for some 200 survivors.

Prime Minister Theresa May promised after the 14 June incident that she would provide housing to all victims in the neighboring areas over three weeks. However, she failed as still many survives were holed up in their hotel rooms.

London police confirmed in late June that the exact number of people killed in the inferno will remain unknown until at least the end of this year.

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