Five arrested over Grenfell Tower Effigy Fire - VIDEO

  06 November 2018    Read: 1228
Five arrested over Grenfell Tower Effigy Fire - VIDEO

According to the Greater London's Metropolitan Police, five men have been arrested on suspicion of disrupting public order after posting a video featuring a cardboard model of London's Grenfell Tower being burned.

The men, two aged 49 and the others 55, 46 and 19, have been taken into custody by police.

Earlier, Scotland Yard has confirmed that five men presented themselves to a police station after an investigation into the video has been launched.

The footage shows a group of people burning the meter-high cardboard model of the Grenfell Tower, a residential building that caught fire in June 2017, leaving 72 dead.

The group placed the effigy on top of the bonfire. As the flames consumed it, people in the group chanted "help me, help me." In the video they laughed and cheered, underscoring that this was an attempt at black humor rather than a considerate act of protest.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was among those offended; she tweeted: “To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable.”

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

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