The Oscar-nominated drama movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, has a strong premise. A grieving mother, played by Frances McDormand, wants to urge the police into action for the investigation into her daughter's rape and subsequent murder and thus hires three billboards to accuse the local sheriff of ‘still no arrests?’ and gets the whole town talking about it.
I invite you to see it and find out what happens next.
In London, members of the Justice 4 Grenfell group (the Grenfell tower burned down in June 2017, killing 71 people) drove similar billboards emblazoned with the words “71 dead”, “And still no arrests?”, “How Come?” around central London in an attempt to keep victims of the tower block blaze “in the national conscience”.
On the Justice 4 Grenfell website, the group posted a statement accusing the UK government of similar inaction.
“Eight months on from the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower, the issue is being ignored.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Grenfell?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Grenfell</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tower?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tower</a> 💚💚💚💚<br><br>We will not be silenced. <a href="https://t.co/Hgt9b6gSIi">https://t.co/Hgt9b6gSIi</a></p>— Grenfell Tower 💚 (@Still_I_Rise_GT) <a href="https://twitter.com/Still_I_Rise_GT/status/964216675309707264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 15, 2018</a></blockquote>
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“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.”
A spokesperson for the group explained to the gathered press: “We were told that even as the public inquiry is ongoing, there was going to be an interim report by Easter.”
“Now that’s not happening. We want the truth. We want prosecutions. People up and down the country need to feel safe in their homes. None of that is happening. We think they’re playing with time, hoping that the story will be downplayed.”