Yesterday a video went viral, showing people laughing as they burned a cardboard mock-up of Grenfell Tower as they, presumably, celebrated bonfire night.
The video was sick, and showed people exemplifying their callous regard for the lives lost and the people affected during the tragedy in June of last year.
At least 72 people died, and many more were harmed in one way or another, both physically and mentally, and the plight touched the hearts of the nation.
More recently, however, five people responsible for the disrespectful effigy were arrested. Of the arrests, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said:
“Five men have been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence in connection with an investigation into a video posted online that showed an effigy of Grenfell Tower being burnt.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May chimed in, condemning the shocking behaviour shown in the video, saying:
“To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable“
This morning, during his presenting sting on Good Morning Britain, polarising journalist and presenter Piers Morgan added his thoughts, saying that he wants the arrested men, aged 49, 19, 46, 55 and 49, to be named and shamed:
“Let’s find out who they are,” he said, Before adding the video was
“one of the most disgusting things I have ever watched in my life.”
“If we get the names, we’re going to name them and say who they are. What they need is to be named and shamed, and for everyone who lives around them to know what they’re like, to know what these people are capable of.
This is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever watched in my entire life. These people do not deserve to be in this country. It’s unfathomable. How can you do that to the people who lost their lives at Grenfell, who still haven’t been housed because they lost their homes at Grenfell?
What kind of twisted mind thinks this is funny? Putting an effigy of a baby on a model of the tower and setting it alight? Knowing that babies died in that fire? What has the world come to, seriously? It’s disgusting.
Worst kind of vile racism. It’s vomit making. It should be a police matter, this should be a criminal offence.
You can be arrested now for saying bad things on Twitter. This is far worse. The entire world has seen this. The Washington Post just published a story about this video. What is going on in Britain?
How can this be happening? How can people do this? Let’s find out who they are, I want to name and shame them.
And if I commit an offence by doing that? Good – I’ll go to prison, quite happily.”
An impassioned response there.
It’s not often you can agree with Morgan, but at the present you have to admit that he has a point.
In a statement, the Justice4Grenfell campaign group said:
“This was an unnecessary sickening act of hate against those who, through no fault of their own, have experienced the worst since 14 June 2017.”
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