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Police suppressed images of bodies in Pike River mine

From World Socialist Website
By Tom Peters
29 June 2017

On June 19, TV3’s Newshub aired more footage taken inside the Pike River Coal mine in New Zealand’s South Island, which exploded in November 2010, killing 29 men. The video, recorded in early 2011 by cameras lowered into the mine through bore-holes, shows a pair of glasses, rubber hosing and a wooden pallet.

It also clearly shows at least two intact bodies, and there are less clear images of what may be more bodies. These images have not been made public but have been viewed by the families and reporters.

The video is part of several hours of footage suppressed by police for more than six years. It was released to the victims’ families only after some excerpts were leaked and broadcast in April. That video showed members of Mines Rescue working inside the drift tunnel that leads into the main body of the mine. It discredits repeated National Party government claims that the mine is too dangerous to re-enter to investigate the precise cause of the explosion and to recover bodies.

The latest footage shows that the interior of the mine after the explosion was not what the families and the public were led to believe. Last December cabinet minister Judith Collins, who was the police minister at the time of the explosion, told TV3 there could be no manned re-entry because “infernos” had made the mine “a terrible mess.”

Prime Minister Bill English attempted to dismiss the latest footage as “nothing new,” saying the Royal Commission had examined it. He told Newshub “the implication that somehow there’s been a cover-up is complete nonsense.”

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http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/06/29/pike-j29.html

The end game of Agenda 21/30 … there IS a conspiracy & we better wake up to it

This is the best overview of Agenda21/30 and its end game I’ve heard, particularly also because it is very current. David Icke talks about the Glenfell Tower fire in the context of this agenda and explains social cleansing aka gentrification of London city. He also describes human settlement zones, straight from the UN documents. This agenda is not the friendly benign proposal for the future that they make out. Look around you and observe, all you who are distracted by the superficial … the world, instead of looking friendly & benign is looking more and more ominous and ugly by the day. How can a mentality that plans to clear away the poor to make way for the rich, that has allowed a catastrophe like the Grenfell Tower fire to incinerate hundreds of people,  be anything but?  EnvirowatchRangitikei

Published on Jun 23, 2017

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“ALL OUR WARNINGS FELL ON DEAF EARS … (from the Grenfell Action Group) “we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable”

The damning evidence straight from the Grenfell Action Group’s own website. These folk have battled authorities for literally years. Read their blog for the truth you’ll not find in mainstream media. EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

From the Grenfell Action Group

“Watching breaking news about the Grenfell Tower fire catastrophe. Too soon (5am) to even guess at numbers of casualties and fatalities. Our heartfelt and sincere condolences to all who have perished, to the injured, to those who are bereaved or are still searching for missing loved ones.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in RBKC.

ALL OUR WARNINGS FELL ON DEAF EARS and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time. Below is a list of links to previous blogs we posted on this site trying to warn the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, who own this property, and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation who supposedly manage all social housing in RBKC on the Council’s behalf:

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/fire-safety-scandal-at-lancaster-west/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/kctmo-playing-with-fire/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/more-on-fire-safety/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/another-fire-safety-scandal/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/kctmo-feeling-the-heat/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/why-are-we-waiting/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/grenfell-tower-from-bad-to-worse/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/more-trouble-at-grenfell-tower/https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/the-disempowered-of-grenfell-tower/https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/tmo-still-asleep-at-the-wheel

SOURCE:

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/grenfell-tower-fire/

Read the Grenfell Action Group’s warning of a “catastrophic event” they published in November last year – damning evidence

This comes straight from the Grenfell Action Group’s own WordPress blog documenting their ongoing fight with the authorities to address fire and safety issues.  I am copying all posts of relevance and saving in the event their blog is removed. I’ve also copied the whole of this post for the same reason.
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Photo Credit (header): Independent.co.uk

 

KCTMO – Playing with fire!

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It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the  KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders. We believe that the KCTMO are an evil, unprincipled, mini-mafia who have no business to be charged with the responsibility of  looking after the every day management of large scale social housing estates and that their sordid collusion with the RBKC Council is a recipe for a future major disaster.

Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation. We believe that the KCTMO have ensured their ongoing survival by the use of proxy votes at their Annual General Meeting that see them returned with a mandate of 98% in favour of the continuation of their inept and highly dangerous management of our homes. It is no coincidence that the 98% is the same figure that is returned by the infamous Kim Jong-un of North Korea who claims mass popularity while reputedly enslaving the general population and starving the majority of his people to death.

It is our conviction that a serious fire in a tower block or similar high density residential property is the most likely reason that those who wield power at the KCTMO will be found out and brought to justice!

The Grenfell Action Group believe that the KCTMO narrowly averted a major fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in 2013 when residents experienced a period of terrifying power surges that were subsequently found to have been caused by faulty wiring. We believe that our attempts to highlight the seriousness of this event were covered up by the KCTMO with the help of the RBKC Scrutiny Committee who refused to investigate the legitimate concerns of tenants and leaseholders.

We have blogged many times on the subject of fire safety at Grenfell Tower and we believe that these investigations will become part of damning evidence of the poor safety record of the KCTMO should a fire affect any other of their properties and cause the loss of life that we are predicting:

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/fire-safety-scandal-at-lancaster-west/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/more-on-fire-safety/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/another-fire-safety-scandal/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/grenfell-tower-still-a-fire-risk/

In October 2015 a fire ripped through another KCTMO property, the 14 storey Adair Tower in North Kensington, causing mass panic and resulting in a number of residents taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. It is reported that had it not been for the swift actions of the London Fire Brigade the consequences of this fire and potential loss of life could have been much worse.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11967592/50-rescued-from-burning-flats-in-Kensington.html

In the aftermath of the Adair Tower fire the London Fire Brigade found that the KCTMO had not been looking after the safety of residents properly and issued an Enforcement Order compelling them to improve the fire safety in the escape staircases and to provide self closing devices to all the tower block’s front doors. A further audit by the London Fire Brigade of the neighbouring Hazelwood Tower (located alongside Adair Tower) found similar breaches of health and safety legislation and an Enforcement Order was also issued for this property forcing the TMO to address the serious concerns of the Fire Brigade’s inspectors. What is shocking is that a decade ago a fatality occurred due to a fire at Hazelwood Tower and the Fire Investigation Team ordered that the grills on the fire escape staircase be covered over. This never happened and it is believed that the uncovered grills at Adair House (Hazelwood Tower’s twin block) acted like a chimney and were responsible for the accelerated spread of the fire and smoke damage.

In the last twenty years and despite the terrifying power surge incident in 2013 and recent fire at Adair Tower, the residents of Grenfell Tower have received no proper fire safety instructions from the KCTMO. Residents were informed by a temporary notice stuck in the lift and one announcement in a recent regeneration newsletter that they should remain in their flats in the event of fire. There are not and never have been any instructions posted in the Grenfell Tower noticeboard or on individual floor as to how residents should act in event of a fire. Anyone who witnessed the recent tower block fire at Shepherds Court, in nearby Shepherd’s Bush, will know that the advice to remain in our properties would have led to certain fatalities and we are calling on our landlord to re-consider the advice that they have so badly circulated.

The Grenfell Action Group predict that it won’t be long before the words of this blog come back to haunt the KCTMO management and we will do everything in our power to ensure that those in authority know how long and how appallingly our landlord has ignored their responsibility to ensure the heath and safety of their tenants and leaseholders. They can’t say that they haven’t been warned!

The Grenfell Tower Fire – 500 Dead – The Result of Govt Negligence and Class War

An excellent 5 minute exposé of the rot that has set into a once caring humankind. A must watch in my opinion.
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Published on Jun 20, 2017

‘The Grenfell Tower fire is a crime of epic proportions’ David Lammy, Labour MP interview

Published on Jun 21, 2017

David Lammy says heads ‘need to be on the block’ over the Grenfell Tower fire in west London. He told me he wants to see resignations and a proper police investigation into the failure to protect scores of people from being burnt to death in their own homes.

Lammy, who is the Labour MP for Tottenham, says the fire is comparable to Hurricane Katrina and talked to me about the very real effects of austerity.

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Social Cleansing & the London fire – (Dr Lisa McKenzie)

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I’ve refrained thus far from posting about this horrific & clearly preventable disaster, going by the hours of footage I’ve watched. My deepest condolences to all those affected who may possibly read this. And may justice be done. Folks are saying to wait I notice, until all the evidence is in. Call me a pessimist but I really don’t imagine in today’s economic climate that mainstream is going to show us all that evidence. It’s already been dubbed a massive media cover up. That the media & our governments lie to us & have been for eons is very clear. And what’s evolving from all the feedback from on the ground folk is that this is no exception. Already it’s being said it could take years before there are any official answers. The old tried and true drag-it-out-for-years tactic. And the latest I see is a payout (pay off?) from Theresa May to families of a few thousand pounds. It is well worth the watch of the various clips filmed at the scene by locals, as well as interviews by independent media. Thankfully in this digital age along with social media, the truth eventually gets out. A search of FB will bring up mainly mainstream articles with the ‘official’ mainstream story. Watch also the videos YT pulls. I also noticed there have been absolutely no posts on my FB feed which I find pretty incredible. Fifty eight dead two days ago, now in the nineties is the latest official figure, and yet the tower was inhabited by 600 people and locals were saying there are no ‘missing’ lists. So where are the missing they ask? Run away? Lost? The second video here shows a local woman pointing the number 600 out. She believes the officials are hiding the correct number & asks, where are the tenants? In her opinion, they are dead. Time will tell. Consider this:

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Source a video emphasizing the media/govt collusion & the lying)

The building was recently clad with inflammable cladding that is banned in other countries. Tenants on their videos say a whole tower fire is extremely rare but this one it’s said burned from the outside in. Fires are generally contained in one apartment. Sprinklers were either non existent or not working and folk could not hear any fire alarms. There was only one stairwell for 600 people. All of these safety concerns were campaigned about by action groups long ago to no avail. It was by all reports an accident waiting to happen. This is why I am skeptical about getting the true story from mainstream.

On top of all that, visits just days prior to the fire by fire staff, instructions were given to tenants that if there was a fire to stay put in their apartments. They would be rescued. One gentleman interviewed said he phoned family in there & told them to leave but they said no, they had been told to stay in their apartments. The official posters in the building confirm these instructions.  Another interviewed couple on mainstream escaped because they did not follow those instructions, pointing out the instructions were wrong.

People are rightfully angry and demanding answers. Who wouldn’t be?
The following Doctor speaking from the London School of Economics who grew up in similar housing points the finger at austerity measures.

 

Published on Jun 17, 2017

We speak to Dr. Lisa Mckenzie, research fellow at the London School of Economics, about the fire in Grenfell Tower and how austerity is responsible for killing worker class families.
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What the media won’t tell you about the Grenfell Tower fire

I’ve been reluctant to post on this topic, with all respect & condolences to all affected by this terrible event. Reluctant because so much is being said & it takes time to weed things out and get the true picture, knowing as we do that mainstream cannot be wholly trusted to give us all aspects. Who better to hear from than a person right on the ground. This man (Peaky Saku) is a local and spoke up in one of the very first interviews by MS. He’s interviewed in depth here & has much to say. To those who’ve observed what has been changing around us since the switch to neo-lib economics and all the so called ‘austerity measures’ from the late ’80s,  particularly the end results we’ve seen more recently, you will recognize similar background events playing out in your own communities. Property development is a big player with the public private partnerships that the interview highlights. Profits ahead of people basically. Poor people don’t matter. An excellent watch and more to come. This is Agenda 21 (UN plans for global governance, see our related pages).
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Published on Jun 15, 2017

Pike River Mine – new footage reveals no sign of an inferno plus many intact bodies

If you haven’t already, please read Dr Jacob Cohen’s article ‘Murder at Pike River Mine’ found on our Pike River Mine pages. His is a damning independent investigation into what really happened. Go here to download and read his investigative report. There is an updated version which I will add here when I obtain it.  And may these families finally obtain both justice and closure. See the third article that shows men in the mine three months after the disaster, yet government was saying it was too dangerous to enter.
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Photo credit: Newshub

New footage inside Pike River mine revealed

from Newshub

Newshub has obtained more video of the robot inside the Pike River mine.

It shows the two mine rescue workers in an airlocked portal in the entry zone, waiting to go in, and then clearly shows them inside the tunnel itself before they send off the robot.

There’s also a photo of a letter pinned to the tunnel wall by mine rescue workers who have already been in.

“We have commenced our journey to you: this has been the first step to bring you home to your loved ones,” it reads.

“We will not rest and we will never give up. We will return kia kaha.”

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http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/05/new-footage-inside-pike-river-mine-revealed.html

Several bodies intact in Pike River Mine – Anna Osborne

Up to six intact bodies can be seen in new video footage from inside Pike River Mine, the widow of a man who died in the 2010 explosion has revealed.

“There are a number of bodies, we’re talking probably four, five, six at the moment, we’re still going through footage, but at the request of the families at this stage we’re not going to release those,” Anna Osborne told The AM Show.

“But there are definitely loved ones’ bodies fully intact.”

Ms Osborne lost her husband Milton in the disaster. She says it’s been “six-and-a-half years of lies and cover-ups”.

She says the new footage is more than enough evidence for a manned re-entry into the mine.

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http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/06/several-bodies-intact-in-pike-river-mine-anna-osborne.html

Pike River mine: Police deny keeping video from families

Police have denied it “deliberately withheld” video showing a robot going into the Pike River mine, filmed just three months after the final explosion.

In the video, two men wearing mines rescue uniforms can be seen working on the robot, which later can be seen smoking or steaming – but not catching fire.

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http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/05/pike-river-mine-police-deny-keeping-video-from-families.html

 

Thanks to the contrail.com for these links… read their post here.

“This author has studied this and other video footage of the event with international coal mining, gas and oil industry experts. All of whom conclude that the flames and smoke leaping from the top of the 110 meter ventilation shaft on the video clip CANNOT possibly be coming from burning coal at all (more than 110 meters below), or methane gas as the police and media deceptively claim. Coal and methane burns considerably cleaner with different colored flame and smoke and would not at all be in such high concentrations burning right at the top of the shaft (driven through hard rock) at such a huge intensity – irrespective of whether the main portal entrance to the access tunnel is open or not. The conclusion is that the fire on the video is a total deception and giant cover up.”