Six men arrested over Grenfell Tower bonfire

07 November, 2018, 07:29 | Author: Sheila Harris
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The anonymous video, which has been widely circulated online, shows a group of people placing a cardboard model in the center of a bonfire as onlookers mimic the screams of those who lost their lives in the fire that engulfed the West London low-income housing tower block in June 2017.

The London residential block went up in flames in June past year, claiming 71 lives. Residents were forced to flee, remain in sweltering temperatures or jump.

"'Bye, everyone!' jeers one member of the group as the design is carried toward a glowing bonfire". The video showed one person saying: "That little ninja's getting it at the minute" - an apparent racist comment about a Muslim woman in a burqa depicted on the side of the model.

The video has been particularly disturbing for many people because the Grenfell tragedy has raised hard issues about race and class in Britain.

MEND, an anti-Islamophobia organization, said the "sickening Islamophobic" video amounted to a hate crime.

Such was the public outcry over the video that even the Prime Minister Theresa May responded, condemning it as "utterly unacceptable".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the video "sickening" and urged social media companies to remove the content.

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Soon after the video was posted, the police launched an investigation into it.

Ms Connell added: "My heart really goes out to the Grenfell families - people who have lost loved ones and then have ended up reliving the horror by seeing all this". To mock that disaster in such a crude way is vile.

The Justice4Grenfell campaign group said the video "has caused great alarm and distress".

Earlier, Scotland Yard said its Grenfell Tower investigation team was "taking this matter very seriously".

The offence can be committed in a public or private place and does not require the person said to have been harassed, alarmed or distressed to be present.

Last month Koffi Kouakou, 53, was jailed after claiming his partner died in the Grenfell Tower fire so he could be homed at the cost of more than £30,000.

A man has pleaded guilty to fraud after claiming more than £100,000 intended for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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