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Grenfell Silent Walk - 6 months on

London, UK. 14th December 2017



 Another banner shows the faces of many who died

 'You can run BUT you can't hide - Kensington & Chelsea Council ARE COMPLLICIT IN MURDER'

 NHS support workers carry white roses

 The 'Justice For Grenfell' banner

 'In the Silent Night we cry - Justice For Grenfell'

 'Tories have blood on their hands'

 The burnt-out tower surrounded by hearts

 '6 months'

 The march halted briefly on Ladbroke Grove where firefighters formed a guard of honour

 

 

 Many stopped to embrace and think the firefighters for their bravery and persistence, saving many lives

 though the building's modifications meant they were unable to save more - and the building's managers had

 deliberately prevented proper fire inspections to save costs.

 

 As the front of the march moved on, I stayed on Ladbroke Grove

 as the rest of the march passed

 

 

 People kept coming to thank the firefighters

 Housing is a right - and the Revolutionary Communist Group have been actively campaigning to get the truth about Grenfell

 Stand Up to Racism

 NHS support workers with white roses

 

 '6 months'

 I found the march moving, more so than the service I'd watched on livestream earlier in the day

 perhaps because I was actually here with the several thousand on the march, and close to where the totally avoidable tragedy took place
    
 A reminder that Grenfell is not the only issue that reflects the failure to treat all lives as lives that matter.

 Firefighters relax at the end of the march and get ready to go back to fighting fires


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