Street parties greet news of Thatcher's death

Street parties greet news of Thatcher's death
Street parties greet news of Thatcher's death

Hundreds gather in spontaneous celebrations in London, Glasgow and Bristol on the day former Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's death was announced.

Submitted by libcom on April 9, 2013

Although there had been talk for some years of gatherings to take place after the passing of the former Conservative leader, as the event happened people emerged onto the streets rather quickly.

In London hundreds of people took over the street in Brixton as soundsystems played dub and 80s tunes. Riot police and dogs were deployed as revellers attempted to party in the street later in the evening...

...but not before the famous RItzy cinema sign was detourned.

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Meanwhile in Scotland, hundreds gathered to drink, dance, and let off smoke bombs in a Glasgow square...

While in Easton, Bristol, crowds took over the streets for an impromptu party, lighting fires and chanting 'Maggie Maggie Maggie, dead dead dead'. One police officer was hospitalised when riot police attempted to break up the celebrations...

There were also reports of celebrations in Leeds.

A party is reportedly planned for London's Trafalgar Square on Saturday 13th April 2013.

Comments

madashell

10 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by madashell on April 9, 2013

Party planned in Liverpool the day of the funeral too :)

https://www.facebook.com/events/474558702609271/

Ramona

10 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by Ramona on April 9, 2013

Incredibly proud of my Glaswegian comrades, who danced in the streets and drank Wetherspoons out of alcohol, making their merry way onto the website of the Guardian and the Daily Mail

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2013/apr/09/margaret-thatcher-death-reaction-funeral-live

rooieravotr

10 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by rooieravotr on April 9, 2013

Hahaa great! If one really has to build parties, then do it like this :D

shug

10 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by shug on April 9, 2013

http://music.gracepetrie.com/track/maggie-thatchers-dream

Ramona

10 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by Ramona on April 9, 2013

NUM publish an obituary

Mark Fisher writes about Thatcher's death

Lynne Segal writes about Thatcher's ideology which still hasn't died, and explains why she certainly fucking wasn't a feminist

Some women have argued that it was Thatcher who provided the best role model for helping women release their true potential. No she did not. She was the perfect role model for the ever deepening gulf between women, as the privileged few have been able to rise to the very heights of political or corporate power, even as the majority of women, affected at every turn by the rolling back of welfare and the politics of individual success she promoted, are ever more firmly left at the bottom of the heap.

Jacques Roux

10 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by Jacques Roux on April 10, 2013

Pix and report from Vice on London http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/making-friends-at-thatchers-hate-wake with video http://www.vice.com/en_uk/shorties/thatchers-in-the-grave-theyre-having-a-rave

Lots in the Daily Mail too http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2306165/Margaret-Thatcher-death-parties-The-Lefts-sick-celebration-Brixtons-streets.html

Chilli Sauce

10 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by Chilli Sauce on April 10, 2013

Pix and report from Vice on London http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/making-friends-at-thatchers-hate-wake

I know some of those faces....

slothjabber

10 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by slothjabber on April 10, 2013

Has anyone attempted any kind of 'Thatcher's dead but her class war policies are alive and well' style leaflet?

Flava O Flav

10 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by Flava O Flav on April 10, 2013

There was a bit of a party in some areas of Dublin too.

wojtek

10 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by wojtek on April 11, 2013

Therefore, if I want to know why someone would celebrate the death of Baroness Thatcher, I think asking a Chilean in exile would be a great place to start. My friend of a friend took to the streets of the UK when she heard that the Iron Lady had left her mortal coil. Here is why:

I'm telling [my daughter] all about the Thatcher legacy through her mother's experience, not the media's; especially how the Thatcher government directly supported Pinochet's murderous regime, financially, via military support, even military training (which we know now, took place in Dundee University). Thousands of my people (and members of my family) were tortured and murdered under Pinochet's regime—the fascist beast who was one of Thatcher's closest allies and friend. So all you apologists/those offended [by my celebration]—you can take your moral high ground & shove it. YOU are the ones who don't understand. Those of us celebrating are the ones who suffered deeply under her dictatorship and WE are the ones who cared. We are the ones who protested. We are the humanitarians who bothered to lift a finger to help all those who suffered under her regime. I am lifting a glass of champagne to mourn, to remember and to honour all the victims of her brutal regime, here AND abroad. And to all those heroes who gave a shit enough to try to do something about it.

Why Would Anyone Celebrate the Death of Margaret Thatcher? Ask a Chilean