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19 Reasons People Gave For Attending A "Thatcher's Dead" Street Party

Partygoers in Brixton explain in their own words.

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News of Margaret Thatcher's death saw more than 200 people throw an impromptu street party in Brixton, the scene of two violent riots that marred the former prime minister's years in power.

In a divided country, some considered the '#nowthatchersdead' party a legitimate protest against a pernicious political legacy. Others viewed it as distasteful gloating over an elderly lady's death.

Here's the story of what happened, and the reasons people gave for participating, in their own words.


Windrush Square, on Brixton high street, was hastily decorated with anti-Thatcher slogans. This one reads: "Look! There is such a thing as a society. RIP old woman but death to your legacy".

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Before long, a sound system was set up and people began to party.


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