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Thatcher's death 'celebrated' in London
Anarchists, former miners, middle-aged couples and the elderly joined together in protest.
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London, United Kingdom - Anarchist group Class War has, for decades now, been circulating the idea that, on the first Saturday after the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, those opposed to her divisive leadership should head for London's Trafalgar Square to celebrate her demise.

The grisly nature of partying after the death of an elderly woman may be seen as being in poor taste by many. It was, however, perhaps inevitable that such an event would take place, given the depth of bitterness held by many in those communities which were blighted by coal mine closures, rampant privatisation and the imposition of a radically right-wing social and economic agenda.

"I am not surprised by the parties, which show that events of 30-40 years ago still engender that kind of violent reaction - because her reign was very divisive and controversial, and people still remember that today," the Right Reverent Tim Ellis, Bishop of Grantham, told the BBC.

Former miners travelled from the England's north-east, proudly displaying the banner of their trade union.

One former pit worker from a town ravaged by years of unemployment following Thatcher's closures drank champagne and told Al Jazeera that he was "glad" she was dead.

The notorious British rain poured down, but failed to dampen spirits of those gathered, who stayed in the square until around 2am.

Further protests are expected on the day of Thatcher's controversial ceremonial £10 million ($15m) funeral. Protesters have been given the go-ahead by police to turn their backs to the former prime minister's coffin as it makes its way through central London, but officers have warned that anyone causing "harassment" would likely face arrest.

The Queen, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, US politician Newt Gingrich and FW deKlerk, the last white president of South Africa, will be attending the funeral.


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Hundreds braved the London rain on Saturday night to mark the death of Margaret Thatcher. The former British Prime Minister once famously stated that "there is no such thing as society - there are individual men and women, and families".   


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
Thatcher was a vociferous proponent of the privatisation agenda, and many saw her as one of Ronald Reagan's leading ideological inspirations.


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
A small coven of "witches" from Ireland recalled Thatcher's legacy in Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said last week that Thatcher had "caused great hurt to the Irish and British people" during her terms in office. "Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies," he said. "Margaret Thatcher will be especially remembered for her shameful role during the epic hunger strikes of 1980 and 81. Her Irish policy failed miserably."


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
Old friends reunited at the gathering in Trafalgar Square, London's traditional location for rallies, protests and other public events.


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
With a party atmosphere, many revellers joined a conga line. The song, "Ding, dong, the witch is dead", from The Wizard of Oz, raced to the top of the UK sales charts this week - sparking a controversy over whether or not it would be played by BBC radio during its regular chart show.


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
A proud advocate of the idea of individualism being better than collectivism, Thatcher made few friends on the left during the final days of the Cold War. "Socialists cry 'Power to the people', and raise the clenched fist as they say it," she told her party's leaders in 1986. "We all know what they really mean - power over people, power to the state."


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
Punks and anarchists comprised a large number - but not all - of the partying protesters. The phrase 'Gotcha!' refers to an infamous 1982 headline after the sinking of the Argentinian Belgrano warship during the Falklands War. Thatcher agreed to the strike on the Belgrano, which was outside of an exclusion zone set up around the islands - and believed to be heading away from the Falklands. More than 300 Argentinian lives were lost in the attack, which Argentinian President Christine Kirchner described as a "war crime". Thatcher remained characteristically unrepentant.


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
Many expected the crowd to swell with football fans and drunken louts, but the event remained good natured - if damp.


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
A former miner from the north-west of England toasted Thatcher's demise with champagne. During her tenure, dozens of coal mines were shut down, leaving thousands of people out of work and some of Britain's most vulnerable communities blighted. Thatcher's success in breaking the miners' strike of 1984 forever diminished the power once held by trade unions in Britain, severing a critical link between production and capital.


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
Aneurin Bevan, the source of this quote, was the son of a Welsh coal miner who eventually became minister of health in Clement Atlee's government. A fervent champion of social justice and the rights of workers, Nye Bevan spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service. With increased privatisation of the NHS, and the selling-off of many state industries and services - beginning with Thatcher's tenure to the current government - his sentiments regarding the Conservative Party are shared by many in Britain today.


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
Police officers showed up in force, but had few incidents to deal with. In 1981, Thatcher told reporters: "My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police." Some 16 people were held by police in custody, mostly for being "drunk and disorderly".


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
The "celebration" was not considered in good taste by everyone. While some at the demonstration said they wanted to mark the historic occasion, rather than party, the anger over the effects of Thatcher's policies in communities across the land remained palpable.


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
Trafalgar Square was also the location of the infamous 1990 "Poll Tax Riots". Thatcher introduced the flat tax, widely seen as regressive, which was supported by just 12 percent of people. Protesters re-enacted the "Peasants' Revolt" of 1381 - sparked by the introduction of a similar tax by Richard II - and hundreds of thousands arrived in central London. The tax, the riot and the government response to both have been widely credited with leading to Thatcher's fall from power later that year.


Pennie Quinton/Al Jazeera
Revellers drank cider and champagne under umbrellas in the rain. Police said the last of the protesters left the Square at around 2am, and there had been no reports of damage to property.


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Hundreds braved the London rain on Saturday night to mark the death of Margaret Thatcher. The former British Prime Minister once famously stated that "there is no such thing as society - there are individual men and women, and families".   ;*;Thatcher was a vociferous proponent of the privatisation agenda, and many saw her as one of Ronald Reagan\(***)s leading ideological inspirations.;*;A small coven of "witches" from Ireland recalled Thatcher\(***)s legacy in Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said last week that Thatcher had "caused great hurt to the Irish and British people" during her terms in office. "Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies," he said. "Margaret Thatcher will be especially remembered for her shameful role during the epic hunger strikes of 1980 and 81. Her Irish policy failed miserably.";*;Old friends reunited at the gathering in Trafalgar Square, London\(***)s traditional location for rallies, protests and other public events.;*;With a party atmosphere, many revellers joined a conga line. The song, "Ding, dong, the witch is dead", from The Wizard of Oz, raced to the top of the UK sales charts this week - sparking a controversy over whether or not it would be played by BBC radio during its regular chart show.;*; A proud advocate of the idea of individualism being better than collectivism, Thatcher made few friends on the left during the final days of the Cold War. "Socialists cry \(***)Power to the people\(***), and raise the clenched fist as they say it," she told her party\(***)s leaders in 1986. "We all know what they really mean - power over people, power to the state.";*;Punks and anarchists comprised a large number - but not all - of the partying protesters. The phrase \(***)Gotcha!\(***) refers to an infamous 1982 headline after the sinking of the Argentinian Belgrano warship during the Falklands War. Thatcher agreed to the strike on the Belgrano, which was outside of an exclusion zone set up around the islands - and believed to be heading away from the Falklands. More than 300 Argentinian lives were lost in the attack, which Argentinian President Christine Kirchner described as a "war crime". Thatcher remained characteristically unrepentant.;*;Many expected the crowd to swell with football fans and drunken louts, but the event remained good natured - if damp.;*;A former miner from the north-west of England toasted Thatcher\(***)s demise with champagne. During her tenure, dozens of coal mines were shut down, leaving thousands of people out of work and some of Britain\(***)s most vulnerable communities blighted. Thatcher\(***)s success in breaking the miners\(***) strike of 1984 forever diminished the power once held by trade unions in Britain, severing a critical link between production and capital.;*;Aneurin Bevan, the source of this quote, was the son of a Welsh coal miner who eventually became minister of health in Clement Atlee\(***)s government. A fervent champion of social justice and the rights of workers, Nye Bevan spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service. With increased privatisation of the NHS, and the selling-off of many state industries and services - beginning with Thatcher\(***)s tenure to the current government - his sentiments regarding the Conservative Party are shared by many in Britain today.;*;Police officers showed up in force, but had few incidents to deal with. In 1981, Thatcher told reporters: "My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day\(***)s work for an honest day\(***)s pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police." Some 16 people were held by police in custody, mostly for being "drunk and disorderly".;*;The "celebration" was not considered in good taste by everyone. While some at the demonstration said they wanted to mark the historic occasion, rather than party, the anger over the effects of Thatcher\(***)s policies in communities across the land remained palpable.;*;Trafalgar Square was also the location of the infamous 1990 "Poll Tax Riots". Thatcher introduced the flat tax, widely seen as regressive, which was supported by just 12 percent of people. Protesters re-enacted the "Peasants\(***) Revolt" of 1381 - sparked by the introduction of a similar tax by Richard II - and hundreds of thousands arrived in central London. The tax, the riot and the government response to both have been widely credited with leading to Thatcher\(***)s fall from power later that year.;*;Revellers drank cider and champagne under umbrellas in the rain. Police said the last of the protesters left the Square at around 2am, and there had been no reports of damage to property. Daylife ID:
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Hundreds braved the London rain on Saturday night to mark the death of Margaret Thatcher. The former British Prime Minister once famously stated that "there is no such thing as society - there are individual men and women, and families".   

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=096s00B1Xx3puPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Hundreds braved the London rain on Saturday night to mark the death of Margaret Thatcher. The former British Prime Minister once famously stated that "there is no such thing as society - there are individual men and women, and families".   

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=01IZaNe8N86Lr

Thatcher was a vociferous proponent of the privatisation agenda, and many saw her as one of Ronald Reagan's leading ideological inspirations.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=01IZaNe8N86LrPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Thatcher was a vociferous proponent of the privatisation agenda, and many saw her as one of Ronald Reagan's leading ideological inspirations.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=07QB7MpdEhf4B

A small coven of "witches" from Ireland recalled Thatcher's legacy in Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said last week that Thatcher had "caused great hurt to the Irish and British people" during her terms in office. "Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies," he said. "Margaret Thatcher will be especially remembered for her shameful role during the epic hunger strikes of 1980 and 81. Her Irish policy failed miserably."

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=07QB7MpdEhf4BPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A small coven of "witches" from Ireland recalled Thatcher's legacy in Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said last week that Thatcher had "caused great hurt to the Irish and British people" during her terms in office. "Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies," he said. "Margaret Thatcher will be especially remembered for her shameful role during the epic hunger strikes of 1980 and 81. Her Irish policy failed miserably."

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=02aQfdXg9e9zO

Old friends reunited at the gathering in Trafalgar Square, London's traditional location for rallies, protests and other public events.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=02aQfdXg9e9zOPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Old friends reunited at the gathering in Trafalgar Square, London's traditional location for rallies, protests and other public events.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=04icd0EfCQ2ub

With a party atmosphere, many revellers joined a conga line. The song, "Ding, dong, the witch is dead", from The Wizard of Oz, raced to the top of the UK sales charts this week - sparking a controversy over whether or not it would be played by BBC radio during its regular chart show.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=04icd0EfCQ2ubPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

With a party atmosphere, many revellers joined a conga line. The song, "Ding, dong, the witch is dead", from The Wizard of Oz, raced to the top of the UK sales charts this week - sparking a controversy over whether or not it would be played by BBC radio during its regular chart show.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0eOI6934DlbJw

A proud advocate of the idea of individualism being better than collectivism, Thatcher made few friends on the left during the final days of the Cold War. "Socialists cry 'Power to the people', and raise the clenched fist as they say it," she told her party's leaders in 1986. "We all know what they really mean - power over people, power to the state."

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0eOI6934DlbJwPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A proud advocate of the idea of individualism being better than collectivism, Thatcher made few friends on the left during the final days of the Cold War. "Socialists cry 'Power to the people', and raise the clenched fist as they say it," she told her party's leaders in 1986. "We all know what they really mean - power over people, power to the state."

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0bdr3f8a4t5va

Punks and anarchists comprised a large number - but not all - of the partying protesters. The phrase 'Gotcha!' refers to an infamous 1982 headline after the sinking of the Argentinian Belgrano warship during the Falklands War. Thatcher agreed to the strike on the Belgrano, which was outside of an exclusion zone set up around the islands - and believed to be heading away from the Falklands. More than 300 Argentinian lives were lost in the attack, which Argentinian President Christine Kirchner described as a "war crime". Thatcher remained characteristically unrepentant.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0bdr3f8a4t5vaPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Punks and anarchists comprised a large number - but not all - of the partying protesters. The phrase 'Gotcha!' refers to an infamous 1982 headline after the sinking of the Argentinian Belgrano warship during the Falklands War. Thatcher agreed to the strike on the Belgrano, which was outside of an exclusion zone set up around the islands - and believed to be heading away from the Falklands. More than 300 Argentinian lives were lost in the attack, which Argentinian President Christine Kirchner described as a "war crime". Thatcher remained characteristically unrepentant.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0bqJ2go0f15Nm

Many expected the crowd to swell with football fans and drunken louts, but the event remained good natured - if damp.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0bqJ2go0f15NmPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Many expected the crowd to swell with football fans and drunken louts, but the event remained good natured - if damp.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0goa14u6eDd9w

A former miner from the north-west of England toasted Thatcher's demise with champagne. During her tenure, dozens of coal mines were shut down, leaving thousands of people out of work and some of Britain's most vulnerable communities blighted. Thatcher's success in breaking the miners' strike of 1984 forever diminished the power once held by trade unions in Britain, severing a critical link between production and capital.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0goa14u6eDd9wPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A former miner from the north-west of England toasted Thatcher's demise with champagne. During her tenure, dozens of coal mines were shut down, leaving thousands of people out of work and some of Britain's most vulnerable communities blighted. Thatcher's success in breaking the miners' strike of 1984 forever diminished the power once held by trade unions in Britain, severing a critical link between production and capital.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0baJ65xeFMa4x

Aneurin Bevan, the source of this quote, was the son of a Welsh coal miner who eventually became minister of health in Clement Atlee's government. A fervent champion of social justice and the rights of workers, Nye Bevan spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service. With increased privatisation of the NHS, and the selling-off of many state industries and services - beginning with Thatcher's tenure to the current government - his sentiments regarding the Conservative Party are shared by many in Britain today.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0baJ65xeFMa4xPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Aneurin Bevan, the source of this quote, was the son of a Welsh coal miner who eventually became minister of health in Clement Atlee's government. A fervent champion of social justice and the rights of workers, Nye Bevan spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service. With increased privatisation of the NHS, and the selling-off of many state industries and services - beginning with Thatcher's tenure to the current government - his sentiments regarding the Conservative Party are shared by many in Britain today.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=02OibnAcxX15F

Police officers showed up in force, but had few incidents to deal with. In 1981, Thatcher told reporters: "My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police." Some 16 people were held by police in custody, mostly for being "drunk and disorderly".

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=02OibnAcxX15FPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Police officers showed up in force, but had few incidents to deal with. In 1981, Thatcher told reporters: "My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police." Some 16 people were held by police in custody, mostly for being "drunk and disorderly".

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0chF0QAduDedk

The "celebration" was not considered in good taste by everyone. While some at the demonstration said they wanted to mark the historic occasion, rather than party, the anger over the effects of Thatcher's policies in communities across the land remained palpable.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0chF0QAduDedkPennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The "celebration" was not considered in good taste by everyone. While some at the demonstration said they wanted to mark the historic occasion, rather than party, the anger over the effects of Thatcher's policies in communities across the land remained palpable.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0brggFc421f96

Trafalgar Square was also the location of the infamous 1990 "Poll Tax Riots". Thatcher introduced the flat tax, widely seen as regressive, which was supported by just 12 percent of people. Protesters re-enacted the "Peasants' Revolt" of 1381 - sparked by the introduction of a similar tax by Richard II - and hundreds of thousands arrived in central London. The tax, the riot and the government response to both have been widely credited with leading to Thatcher's fall from power later that year.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0brggFc421f96Pennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Trafalgar Square was also the location of the infamous 1990 "Poll Tax Riots". Thatcher introduced the flat tax, widely seen as regressive, which was supported by just 12 percent of people. Protesters re-enacted the "Peasants' Revolt" of 1381 - sparked by the introduction of a similar tax by Richard II - and hundreds of thousands arrived in central London. The tax, the riot and the government response to both have been widely credited with leading to Thatcher's fall from power later that year.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0aFbgz9cBo4C3

Revellers drank cider and champagne under umbrellas in the rain. Police said the last of the protesters left the Square at around 2am, and there had been no reports of damage to property.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Leftists-celebrate-death-of-Thatcher?image_id=0aFbgz9cBo4C3Pennie QuintonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Revellers drank cider and champagne under umbrellas in the rain. Police said the last of the protesters left the Square at around 2am, and there had been no reports of damage to property.



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