A deadly blaze in a London high rise has sparked outrage in London.
This past week, a fire at a London high rise apartment complex left 58 presumed dead and another 19 injured. Of the 19 still hospitalized, 10 are in critical condition.
The complex, recently refurbished to be more “green,” rapidly burned to the ground in this horrific tragedy.
London residents are outraged and are demanding answers.
“The Grenfell Action Group, the tenants’ organization, had expressed concerns for years about the testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site. “All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable,” the group said after the fire broke out, according to the Associated Press.
In a blog post written last year, the Grenfell Action Group warned of “dangerous living conditions” in the tower. “It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO.”
As a result of the fire, hundreds of angry protesters gathered on Saturday to attack Prime Minister Theresa May’s apparent inept response to the tragedy.
“She’s a coward and needs to leave,” Tilly Howard, a protester told the Guardian newspaper. “The people are waking up to the right-wing, mainstream media and May just doesn’t get the public mood.”
The Queen and Prince Phillip observed a moment of silence on Saturday for the victims.
The Queen stated;
“Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity…United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”
This is another horrific loss suffered by Londoners in recent months.
Earlier this month eight people were killed in a terror attack on London Bridge by suicide vest wearing terrorists. In March 5 people died and 50 were injured in a similar terrorist attack on Parliament. Both attacks used vehicles as the primary weapon.
Also in March, 22 people died and 119 were injured by a bomb wielding terrorist at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Prime Minister May’s response to the terror attacks was predictably tepid.
“We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements to regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning…She also declared that the “pluralistic values of Britain” must be established as “superior” to any other value set.”
London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, initially criticized for a deafening silence in response to the London terror attacks, then put out a weak statement asking Londoner’s to “not to be alarmed…”
“I want to reassure all Londoners, and all our visitors, not to be alarmed. Our city remains one of the safest in the world.”
US President Donald Trump called Khan’s statement “pathetic” in a Tweet at the time.
Again, as London faces yet another seemingly preventable tragedy, the government response is delayed, lacking insight, and shows a huge disconnect with the people of London.
Pray for London as they grieve the loss of more innocents. Also pray that the leaders of the world begin to recognize the needs of their people and keep them safe from tragedies such as these.
What do you think, was the London tower fire preventable? How should the government respond?
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