One year on, silent march for Grenfell

Thousands gathered on the streets of Kensington to take part in a silent march on Thursday evening.  The march marked the one year anniversary of the Grenfell fire which claimed the lives of 72 people.

Organised by community support group Grenfell United, the march concluded a day of remembrance around London that included several church services and vigils. The Police estimate up to 5,000 people took part.

Green scarves were handed out by volunteers as well as signs and placards calling for justice and amnesty for all.

Anthony Hamilton, 25, of Stand Up To Racism, said: “We are so happy to be here because if you look at the community, the people represented are so diverse.

“People have forgotten about race and what divides them and [have] come together as a community.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined members of the community and told reporters that the fire represented “everything that is unequal and wrong about this country”.

Survivors and family members of the victims led the march bearing a “justice for Grenfell” sign. In a very poignant moment, they also paused to thank members of the fire brigade who lined the procession.

Speaking to The Guardian, Vincent Archer, 51, a firefighter who worked at the scene days after the fire, said: “All the marches that have taken place since, I’ve been working, but also I just didn’t feel up to it. I felt tonight on the year anniversary I would come back and see how I feel.”

The inquiry into the Grenfell fire is set to resume as the community continues demand answers.


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