72 dead. And still no arrests?

Justice 4 Grenfell host an empty Jubilee street party to remember the 72 Grenfell victims
By Ella Joyce | Current affairs | 1 June 2022

As the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee approaches and residential streets close to revel in the four day weekend with traditional street parties, Grenfell campaigners have hosted a party nobody will attend. A table set with 72 empty seats and a place card for each of the victims sat at the foot of the tower on Grenfell Road yesterday as a reminder of those whose lives were needlessly lost in the fire. 

Coordinated by Justice 4 Grenfell, plates were adorned with the question; “72 dead. And still no arrests? How come?” In spite of a public enquiry after the tragedy on June 14th 2017, no one has yet been held accountable as it was revealed the government had prior knowledge of the plastic-filled cladding which caused the blaze to spread through the 24-storey tower block. While the rest of the country hangs Union Jacks to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, napkins, cups and bunting in Grenfell green at the empty table honoured the heartbreaking fatalities as the five-year anniversary nears. 

Organiser Yvette Williams said, “As people up and down the country enjoy street parties – as they quite rightly should, we want to let the powers that be know that our community will always remember the 72 who died needlessly here that night.”

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