eft wing campaigners are planning a day of rage to coincide with the Queen’s Speech this week in protest over the conditions they claim led to the Grenfell Tower blaze and the deaths of at least 58 people.
Militant groups are planning to march on Parliament on Wednesday in a show of anger at the Government’s austerity policies they say led to the tragedy.
Led by the Movement for Justice By Any Means Necessary – formed in 1995 by a number of Marxist groups – campaigners are urging protesters to “walk out of school, take the day off, call in sick, strike.
Advertising the event the movement’s Facebook page declares: “We must escalate our actions to take down this rotten government, which has lost all authority to govern.
Antonia Bright, a member of the SOAS Students’ Union and one of the event’s organisers, told The Sunday Telegraph: “You have to ask what does it take to make this Government stand up and listen? This is about justice for everyone I would expect people from all strands to be there.”
The calls for mass protest came after an angry demonstration outside of Kensington Town Hall on Friday afternoon, when relatives and friends of those feared dead in the Grenfell fire forced their way into the building.
Several of the protesters, which also included left-wing campaigners, carried banners reading “The Tories have blood on their hands” and “Kick Theresa May out of Downing Street”.
The protest’s organiser, businessman and Jeremy Corbyn supporter Mustufa al-Mansur, said that “people had not been satisfied” with the council’s response to the disaster and had attempted to force councillors to answer their questions about the fate of their loved ones.
Scotland Yard said no arrests were made either at the Kensington Town Hall protest or during march through the centre of London which followed.
A second protest planned outside Kensington Town Hall on Saturday was cancelled by organisers. But a separate group of protesters gathered outside the gates of Downing Street chanted “go Jeremy Corbyn” and waved placards that said “defy Tory rule”.
Some local residents have expressed concerns the protests could damage support for the plight of those who lost everything in the fire.
Claudio, who has lived on Latimer Road opposite Grenfell Tower for four years, said: “Let’s be clear: what has happened here is a microcosm of many problems that are happening across the country. But violence in the name of this? No one here will condone that.
“This is a good, friendly area, and I hope that that anger will not manifest in violence, but rather be used in a more productive way.
Michael Perkins, who has friends who displaced by the blaze, said: “Rioting would make us look like a violent mob – and how will we be taken seriously if it comes to that.