British Prime Minister Theresa May paid a visit Friday to a refuge center at St. Clements Church, where survivors and the loved ones of victims from this week’s fire at Grenfell Tower have congregated. It didn’t go so well.
Dozens of people gathered outside of the church, waiting to ambush May as she exited a side door. Protesters lashed out with insults including “Boo! Coward!” as well as “Fuck off.” Many chased after her armored cars, prompting the police to intervene and push people back.
Hundreds also stormed the Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall on Friday evening, chanting “Theresa May must go,” and in front of the Home Office, where signs contained messages like “Justice for Grenfell” and “Homes for people not profit.”
Friday’s visit represents May’s second faux-pas in the aftermath of the fire. She visited the former apartment building on Thursday and failed to even speak to survivors.
Yet she did visit some of the injured at London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital on Friday, reportedly spending about an hour with patients and staff. And the government did announce a 5 million-pound (about $6.4 million) fund for Grenfell victims on Friday and said it aims to rehouse people within three weeks.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, also visited St. Clements Church on Thursday and was photographed hugging local residents.
The death toll from the fire has risen to 30 as of Friday but is still expected to grow. Twenty-four people are still hospitalized, 12 of whom are in critical condition.
The cause of the fire is still unknown but “there is nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately,” London police said in a Friday statement.