Anti-Thatcher protesters swept Trafalgar Square and the streets of Brixton in celebration last night over the death of former Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Hundreds gathered in the streets of Brixton to celebrate her passing, with many revellers drinking cava and signing songs in delight at the “exciting news”.
Others mounted the front of the historic Ritzy Cinema and changed the redograph to read a series of anti-Thatcher messages like “Thatcher dead. LOL”.
The Cinema made clear over Twitter that the messages weren’t by them but “protesters have climbed up on our redograph and written their own messages”.
Some the protesters/revellers have climbed up on our redograph and written their own messages, this is not our doing people!
— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 8, 2013
The celebrations attracted criticism from politicians.
Streatham MP Chuka Umunna said: “Holding a party to celebrate the death of any person is totally wrong and in extreme bad taste – to do so in respect of Baroness Thatcher on the day of her death is utterly disgraceful.
“The people organising this dreadful event do not speak for or represent the people of Brixton, the overwhelming majority of whom will have nothing but sympathy for a family that has just lost a loved one.”
The leader of the Conservatives in Lambeth, John Whelan, also weighed in: “This is despicable. People are entitled to their feelings but this is in extremely poor taste.”
Police reported “low level disorder” last night with a group of around 100 people throwing “a small number of missiles at officers”.
A spokesman added: “In order to protect the community and to ensure the highways remain clear extra officers have been deployed.
“There are no arrests currently.”
Meanwhile in Trafalgar Square, protesters came to toast Margaret Thatcher’s death.
When LondonlovesBusiness.com visited at around 7pm yesterday, the crowd was about 30 people strong.
People gathered around, drinking cava, and singing chants celebrating her death like: “Maggie Maggie Maggie, dead dead dead!”
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