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Thatcher not mourned by all as some Britons party

Monday, April 08, 2013 - 00:45

April 8 - Celebrations in south London - the scene of fierce rioting in the 1980s, on news of the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Controversial in life, British ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher continued to divide the nation in death, with somber plans for a funeral and eulogies rejected by some in favor of celebrations and parties. As Britain buzzed with the news on Monday afternoon that the "Iron Lady" 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. As policeman watched on, others arrived clutching cans of lager and bottles of wine and shouting 'she's dead!' The site encouraged visitors to party and provided a soundtrack. The vitriolic words being hurled 23 years since she stepped down as prime minister showed that many had not forgiven and forgotten.

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Thatcher not mourned by all as some Britons party

Monday, April 08, 2013 - 00:45