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Friends Makes Sick Jokes As They Burn Effigy Of Grenfell Tower For Bonfire Night

Friends Makes Sick Jokes As They Burn Effigy Of Grenfell Tower For Bonfire Night

The video shows a cardboard replica of the building being set on fire as the group of friends make a number of disgusting jokes

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

A sick video shows a group of friends laughing and joking while they burn an effigy of Grenfell Tower.

The shocking clip shows them torching the cardboard replica of the building, complete with cardboard people hanging out of the windows.

Gathered around a bonfire in what looks like someone's back garden, they watch on as the effigy is carried to the pit and set on fire.

The Grenfell Tower disaster claimed 72 lives after a fire broke out in June 2017 in the 24-storey tower, in North Kensington, London.

As the flames engulf the cut-out, those watching on can be heard making disgusting comments and jokes about the victims.

One of the assembled oxygen thieves says: "That little ninja is really getting it", which people understand to be referring to a cardboard Muslim woman wearing a hijab.

Then one of his chums starts making ambulance noises before saying: "That's what happens when they don't pay their rent."

Another 'person' jokes: "Didn't it start on the 10th floor? We should turn it upside down."

As you can expect, the video has gone viral, upsetting hundreds of people in the process, with many calling for the people responsible to be arrested for the vile act.

Kay Oldroyd flagged the Metropolitan Police and asked if the content can be treated as a hate crime.

Furious Kay added: "I want these beasts prosecuted.

"Flying the English flag and enjoying a good old laugh at the expense of 100s of lives who died in the most horrific way.

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"This is the sick mentality of racist, bigoted individuals. As much as I hate to share this video I want them identified."

In response, Joshua replied: "I am lost for words.

"Literally ruined my whole mood that video. How can people be so heartless?

Nicky Summers added: "I have never seen anything like this in my whole life."

MP Diane Abbot also shared the video and wrote: "This is sickening and disgraceful behaviour. The victims of #Grenfell Tower fire suffered an unimaginable death, and the survivors watched their loved ones and homes perish.

"I am disgusted that people would behave in such a hateful way"

MP David Lammy, was friends with Khadija Saye, 24, one of the victims of the fire, who sent a message asking people to pray for her as the blaze swept through the high rise block of flats.

He wrote on Twitter that he was disgusted by the footage.

He said: "This makes me feel physically sick. 72 lost their lives because of Grenfell fire last year. One of those was a close personal friend. Effigies are for hate-figures not innocent victims of a national scandal. These thugs may fly the St George's flag, but they disgrace our country."

Grenfell United, the official organisation for bereaved, survivors and community of Grenfell Tower, said: "It's a disgusting video. We hope that the police are taking this seriously. Not only is it extremely upsetting to survivors & people who lost family, it's hateful & offensive to everyone that has been affected by the tragic events of that night.

"We try to keep our focus on the thousands of people across the country who supported us in the weeks after the fire, the hundreds that walk with us every month on the 14th and everyone who is backing our fight for justice and change."

A public inquiry into the cause and spread of the fire officially opened on September 14, 2017.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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