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(en) Britain, Media, Return to scene of Poll Tax riots... Protesters and anarchists plan to 'celebrate’ death of Baroness Thatcher

Date Sat, 13 Apr 2013 13:20:12 +0300

ANARCHISTS and protesters from around the country are expected to descend on Trafalgar Square tomorrow night (Saturday) to “celebrate” the death of Baroness Thatcher. ---- Scotland Yard say they are prepared for the gathering which will take place at the scene of the most violent Poll Tax riots in 1990. ---- Officers say they are planning “appropriate levels” of policing to deal with it.---Hundreds of people attended a “party” in Brixton on Monday, just hours after Baroness Thatcher’s death was announced. ---- The former prime minister, who had been staying at the Ritz hotel, suffered a stroke. --- The Met said police officers were targeted with low-level violence. --- Anarchist group Class War say they have been planning the square party for more than a decade and hundreds of people took to Twitter this week to promote the event.

Ian Bone, the founder of Class War and author of A Decade of Disorder, suggested that police may close off the square to prevent the protest.

The Met have asked organisers to make themselves known to police so that their “right to protest can be upheld”.

But the Mayor Boris Johnson’s office, which is responsible for running Trafalgar Square, said no formal applications have been made for a protest.

Under bylaws introduced by the Greater London Assembly (GLA), police can instruct people to leave the square and it would be illegal for party-goers to play music or make speeches without written permission.

Flowers were laid outside Baroness Thatcher’s home in Chester Square, Belgravia, this week and the Union Jack above City Hall in Victoria was flown at half-mast on Monday and Tuesday.

Leader of Westminster council Philippa Roe paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher, describing her as an “inspiring leader”.

She added: “Before her death, Baroness Thatcher was the last living individual who had been granted the position of Honorary Freeman of the City of Westminster. It is very rare for the City of Westminster to create honorary freemen.

"Only one former prime minister has received such recognition – Sir Winston Churchill in 1946 following his brave leadership during the Second World War.

“Baroness Thatcher was an inspiring leader who made a huge contribution to Westminster life.

"For example, she personally helped to create a Citizens Task Force which became an army of over 5,000 local residents similar to the Games Makers of last year’s Olympics, which helped improve the city and improve residents’ quality of life.

“She also oversaw a period in which our city flourished and prospered with 17,000 new jobs and huge increases in new business space.

"It is for those reasons, and many others, that I would like to pay tribute to her on behalf of Westminster City Council and offer our sincerest condolences to her family.”

But leader of the Labour group, Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg, said: “Margaret Thatcher dominated political life during the 1980s, and her divisive and aggressively partisan brand of politics took hold across London.

“In Westminster, this led to Shirley Porter’s disgraceful ‘homes for votes’ scandal and the worst period in the council’s history.

“Today we are living with some of the worst aspects of Thatcherism, particularly the thousands of former council flats which are now owned by buy-to-let landlords and companies who are charging massive rents.

“At the same time, local families are exported 50 miles and more away because of a lack of council flats.

“The sale of council houses certainly benefited the Conservatives but it has done a lot of damage to everyone else.

“We send condolences to Lady Thatcher’s children, Carol and Mark, and the rest of her family at this sad time for them all.”
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