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Anger, grief as Britain marks 1st anniversary of Grenfell fire

AFP-Jiji LONDON (AFP-Jiji) — Anger and impatience for justice mix with raw grief as Britain prepares to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster — the deadliest domestic fire since World War II.

In a west London community still traumatized by the apartment block blaze that killed 71 people, many voiced frustration with politicians and the fire brigade ahead of Thursday’s commemorations.

“I don’t understand why as a country we’re not in uproar, why we’re not absolutely telling the government that things need to change now,” said Tasha Brade, a local resident and campaigner with Justice4Grenfell, a support group for survivors.

Campaigners want some arrests from an ongoing investigation, as well as a ban on the cladding that helped spread the blaze.

They have criticized the fire brigade’s “stay put” policy for tower residents, which was only lifted after two hours.

The slow effort to rehouse people has added to the anger, with 43 of the 203 households displaced still living in hotels.

“People who were affected did not receive the services they needed with respect to their health and well-being,” said Vassiliki Stavrou-Lorraine, who has lived opposite the tower for 34 years.Speech

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