Arrests after Thatcher parties

In Brixton, famous for the riots in 1981, around 100 people have celebrated Lady Thatcher's death. Police said there was "low level disorder". Two people were arrested on suspicion of burglary. Six officers were hurt in Bristol after a street party.

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Reaction to Thatcher protests in Brixton

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Anti-Thatcher protesters deface Brixton cinema

In Brixton, demonstrators have gathered to 'celebrate' Baroness Thatcher's death and the lettering of the Ritzy Cinema has been rearranged to say "Margret Thatchers dead".

The lettering at the Ritzy cinema was rearranged by protesters Credit: Twitter/RobPreece
Baroness Thatcher's death is mocked by protesters Credit: Youtube

The south London district was the scene of fierce rioting during the Thatcher years blamed on deep social divisions, racial tensions and unemployment.

In the aftermath of the 1981 Brixton riots, the prime minister was criticised for what some saw as a lack of understanding or denial of the causes of the disturbance, after comments such as:

"Nothing, but nothing, justifies what happened.

"Money cannot buy either trust or racial harmony."

Revellers in Brixton 'celebrate' Thatcher's death

As Britain received the news that Baroness Thatcher had died, not everyone was in mourning.

In Brixton, south London - the scene of fierce rioting in the 1980s, blamed on deep social divisions as well as racial tensions - a hastily convened party was gathering pace.

People celebrate the death of Baroness Thatcher in Brixton, south London. Credit: PA

"Thatcher herself, she represents so much of what people hate about what has happened to Britain in the last 20, 30 years," said 40-year-old graphic designer Ben Windsor.

Some people shouted: "Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, dead, dead, dead." Credit: PA

One woman, who gave her name as Claire, said: "That woman made my youth a misery. I think that she was to blame for most of the ills of society. And most of the things that poor people and ill people are now being blamed for were her fault."

As police watched on, people arrived clutching cans of lager and bottles of wine and shouting "she's dead!" Credit: PA

Another demonstrator said: "She started the whole neo-liberal madness we're all suffering from now.

"People in Brixton suffered. People in Brixton suffered directly because of her policies."

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