Critics gather in Brixton to celebrate Margaret Thatcher’s death

07:52 09 April 2013

People celebrate the death of Baroness Thatcher in Brixton, south London. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

People celebrate the death of Baroness Thatcher in Brixton, south London. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Revellers scaled a cinema in Brixton last night to rearrange lettering advertising films to read “Margaret Thatchers dead” as part of celebrations of the former Prime Minister’s demise.

Dozens assemble in Brixton to celebrate the Iron Lady's demise. Picture: Yui Mok/PA WireDozens assemble in Brixton to celebrate the Iron Lady's demise. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

More than 100 people gathered in Brixton - the scene of fierce riots two years into Baroness Thatcher’s tenure, in 1981 - some rearranging lettering on the Ritzy Cinema’s advertising boards.

Many also opened champagne and cheered, shouting: “Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, dead, dead, dead.”

Extra police were in the area as crowd of about 150 people celebrated Lady Thatcher’s death long into the evening.

The group caused “low level” disorder and threw a small number of objects at officers, but there were no arrests and no serious injuries, Scotland Yard said.

The Ritzy Cinema said it had nothing to do with masked people who climbed the front of the building and changed the film listings tiles to read “Margaret Thatchers dead. Equality is the key”. The cinema later tweeted its thanks to those who helped clean up broken letters and damage.

Pictures of anti-Thatcher graffiti scrawled on walls in Brixton also appeared on Twitter, with one reading: “You snatched my milk! & our hope” and there were reports of windows being smashed and shops looted.

The group dispersed at about 1.45am, police said.

A crowd of 300 people also assembled in Glasgow’s George Square where in 1989 protests to the introduction of the former prime minister’s poll tax took place.

Some wore party hats and launched streamers into the air while a bottle of champagne was opened with a toast to the demise of Baroness Thatcher.

Members of various organisations including the Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, the Socialist Working Party, the International Socialist Group, were joined by members of the public to mark the occasion.

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