‘Sickening act of hate’: Grenfell Tower effigy-burning video condemned

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned a video that shows a model of Grenfell Tower burning on a bonfire.

The footage shows a group of party-goers tossing the cardboard replica onto a ready-made bonfire, and laughing as it goes up in flames.

“To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable,” Ms May tweeted.

The cardboard cutout is marked “Grenfell Tower” and includes figures of people in the windows.

Seventy-two people died in June 2017, after a fire engulfed the 24-storey west London apartment block.

Campaign group Justice4Grenfell has called the video a “sickening act of hate,” saying it has caused “great alarm and distress.”

“This is clearly a hate crime and as a society we should never tolerate these types of blatant acts of hatred” it said in a statement.

London Police have arrested five men in relation to the video, on suspicion of a public order offence.

The men, aged between 19 and 55, were taken into custody after they handed themselves in to police.

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