Thatcher effigy will be burned at Free Derry Corner

The cake which will be sliced and handed out this evening after the effigy of Margaret Thatcher is burned tonight.. 1804JM21
The cake which will be sliced and handed out this evening after the effigy of Margaret Thatcher is burned tonight.. 1804JM21
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Dissident republicans are to burn an effigy of Margaret Thatcher at Free Derry Corner this evening, the ‘Journal’ has been told.

Dissident republicans are to burn an effigy of Margaret Thatcher at Free Derry Corner this evening, the ‘Journal’ has been told.

The likeness of the former Prime Minister will be set on fire during a party organised to mark her death.

Organisers say a cavalcade will make its way to the Bogside from the Shantallow Shops, departing at 6pm.

Those attending will receive free milk and cake, which has been baked in the style of a wanted poster of the former Prime Minister, at Free Derry Corner. Music will be played and Argentinian and Irish flags flown, but a spokesperson for the 32 County Sovereignty Committee said: “alcohol has no place at the event.”

When asked ‘was the burning of an effigy in good taste?’ a 32CSM spokesperson said: “An effigy of a man is set alight every Lundy’s Day Parade and that is called a festival and funded by Derry City Council, do you think they’ll fund our commemoration of Thatcher’s victims?

“There have been parties held since Thatcher’s death across what they call Great Britain. The woman was despised so celebrations of her death are not unusual. When Osama Bin Laden was killed, photographs of Barack Obama high-fiving people went around the world but there was no criticism of him.”

PSNI Chief Superintendent, Stephen Cargin earlier this week called on organisers to call off the ‘Thatcher party’ as local tensions were running high. The Fountain Estate has come under sectarian attack by nationalist youths on several occasions in the last week.

“We have been very clear in stating our opposition to any such sectarian attacks,” said the 32CSM spokesperson.

“This is scaremongering by the PSNI and the media, made in order to portray the city as a loyal city during the UK City of Culture year.”

The Irish Republican Socialist Party also issued a statement calling on those attending any Thatcher party or commemoration for their victims to act in a dignified manner.

The statement read: “We would call on all those attending to behave in a dignified manner so as not to cause any undue disruption to the people of the Bogside. Further we would call on young people not to use this event as an opportunity to launch sectarian attacks on the Fountain which are wrong and anti-republican in nature.”

Meanwhile a black flag commemoration held in the Bogside this afternoon passed off peacefully.

A number of dissident republicans, including the 32CSM and the IRSP, attended this afternoon’s event which was organised to coincide with the military funeral of Margaret Thatcher.

Those participating, numbering 50-100, held a white line protest and there were some minor traffic restrictions.