Iron Lady opponents 'celebrate' her death
London: Hundreds took to the streets as macabre 'Thatcher death parties' were held late Monday night, organised by critics of...
London: Hundreds took to the streets as macabre 'Thatcher death parties' were held late Monday night, organised by critics of the 'Iron Lady,' across the UK. Messages to organise the parties began flooding the internet minutes after the official announcement of Margaret Thatcher's death, reports DailyMail.
In Bristol, seven police officers were injured - one seriously - as police were called to Chelsea Road in the Easton area of the city during the early hours of Tuesday after violence erupted at a street party to 'celebrate' the death of Baroness Thatcher. Trouble flared after midnight when a rowdy 200-strong crowd refused police requests to disperse.
Dozens of officers donned riot gear and used shields and batons as they were pelted with bottles, cans and rubbish. Wheelie bins were set on fire by the mob and a police car was damaged by the flying missiles. Some of the injured police needed hospital treatment. In Brixton, south London, two women were arrested on suspicion of looting a store and riot police were deployed as the crowds which had been drinking since 5pm started to become more aggressive, refusing to let buses through the streets.
More than 300 people, including the young and old partied until late at night on the streets of London, clutching cans of cider and cartons of milk as they danced along to reggae and 1980s music. Many children also attended the impromptu event with their parents some wearing fancy dress, fairy wings and clutching balloons.
The carnival-like celebrations also drew crowds who had no knowledge of or interest in Thatcher, but who wanted to join in with the revelry. A Brixton was the scene of intense rioting during her time as Prime Minister - the unrest was blamed on deep social divisions, racial tensions and unemployment.
Pictures of anti-Thatcher graffiti scrawled on walls in Brixton also appeared on Twitter, with one reading: 'You snatched my milk! & our hope.' Banners were held stating 'Rejoice Thatcher is dead' by drunken crowds, many of whom were too young to remember her as prime minister. Sickening messages also began flooding the internet minutes after the official announcement.
In Glasgow, more than 300 people gathered in the city centre for street party. In Leeds, people cheered and even handed out 'Maggie death cake' at another of several street parties across the UK.
In west Belfast, a crowd assembled on the streets outside the Sinn Féin office in the Lower Falls road where music was played as people danced and passing motorists sounded their horns. People were seen huddling in a crowd as they drank and sang to celebrate the 86-year-old's death.
Funeral on Apr 17; Queen to attend
London (Agencies): Preparations are on for ceremonial funeral of 'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher, which will be held with full military honours at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, Downing Street said on Tuesday. A In a rarity, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip will also be attending the funeral. The Queen doesn't attend funeral of non-royals.
"It was agreed this morning at the government coordination meeting with the Thatcher family and Buckingham Palace that the funeral service of Lady Thatcher will take place on Wednesday 17 April at St Paul's Cathedral," Downing Street said in a statement.
Ceremonial funeral is one notch below a state funeral and was authorized by Queen Elizabeth II. The coffin will be moved to a chapel at the Houses of Parliament. Following a short ceremony upon its arrival, it will rest in the chapel overnight. It will travel by hearse to the Church of St Clement Danes, the chapel of the Royal Air Force.
A guard of honour will greet the coffin upon arrival at the cathedral. While the funeral service will not be open to the public, it would be televised.