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Activists Channel ‘Three Billboards’ Film With Messages Outside Grenfell Tower

Activists Channel ‘Three Billboards’ Film With Messages Outside Grenfell Tower

They've used the powerful messages from the Academy Award nominated film to ensure the Grenfell tragedy isn't forgotten

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

More than 70 people were killed in June last year when London's Grenfell Tower erupted in flames.

There has been a criminal investigation, an inquiry into the cause and spread, the firefighter's response times, the forensic search and recovery effort, and occupational side-effects; but no one has been arrested.

Activists have decided to channel the Academy Award nominated film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to send a message to the authorities conducting the investigations.

In the film, a grieving mum pays to have messages attached to three abandoned billboards that criticise the local police force for not finding the person who raped and murdered her daughter.

The Justice4Grenfell group has copied the style and wording of the billboards, which say, '71 DEAD', 'AND STILL NO ARRESTS' and 'HOW COME?'.

They were loaded onto trucks and paraded around London, passing Westminster and Big Ben before taking up residence near Grenfell Tower.

Justice4Grenfell/Fox Searchlight Pictures

In a statement, the group says: "Eight months on from the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower, the issue is being ignored. 71 people died in the Grenfell Tower. And still no arrests.

"And still 297 flammable towers. And still hundreds of survivors are homeless. And still they are not represented on the inquiry. And still there is no justice.

"These 3 billboards are here to keep this tragedy in the national conscience, to make our voices heard. And our voices call for change to a system that kills. And our voices demand justice for Grenfell."

The multi-agency investigation is expected to take some time due to the overwhelming amount of evidence gathered. In the cause and culpability area alone, there are 260 specialists working to find out whether any person or group is to blame for the fire.


It took more than half a month for search and recovery teams to confirm there were no 'hidden victims' in among the remains. There was more than 15 tonnes of debris on every floor of the 23-storey building, making it incredibly difficult to find evidence.

In July, Commander Stuart Cundy said: "I completely understand their desire for answers and we are committed to providing as much information we can, as soon as we can."

There has also been plenty of outcry about the lack of support for the residents who survived the tragedy, with some being left homeless.

While these inquiries are likely to last a while, the group behind these billboards is hoping that the disaster isn't forgotten.

Featured Image Credit: Justice4Grenfell

Topics: UK News, News, Grenfell Tower, UK, London