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Exclusive: Grenfell Tower Inquiry Accused Of Racism Over 'No Guns, Knives Or Hammers' Security Guidance

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15.07.2020

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has been accused of racism over security guidelines which state people should not bring “knives, replica guns, hammers or wrenches” to hearings, and for searching visitors on arrival.

Similar physical security checks and bag searches are not in operation at the Infected Blood Inquiry, another high profile UK public inquiry where the majority of participants are white, HuffPost UK has learned.

But at the Grenfell hearings, where many of those impacted are from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME), far tougher security checks are in place.

Bag searches are carried out on entry and security guidance includes a detailed section on “weapons” and other items that cannot be brought into the building.

Yvette Williams, of the Justice4Grenfell campaign group, said the differences were indicative of racial stereotyping of BAME and working class people presenting a greater risk.

“I think it plays into racial stereotypes. It plays into class politics as well,” she said.

“There’s a feeling that we need a higher level of security rather than the demographic who they assume are part of the contaminated blood inquiry.”

“It plays to stereotypes that we’re more of a risk, we’re more likely to be aggressive, we’re more likely to have a criminal element. We don’t have the same level of behaviours as the upper middle classes,” she said.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s website, in a section about venue security, tells visitors not to attend with “any type of knife or bladed........

© HuffPost


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