Hundreds cheer as Thatcher effigy burned in Derry’s Bogside

Edel Kelly, niece of Patsy O'Hara, sets fire to an effigy of Margaret Thatcher at Free Derry Corner. (1904PG50)
Edel Kelly, niece of Patsy O'Hara, sets fire to an effigy of Margaret Thatcher at Free Derry Corner. (1904PG50)

A crowd of several hundred people gathered at Free Derry Corner this evening to burn an effigy of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Around 400 gathered at the Bogside monument following a motorcade from Shantallow.

The demonstrators, some in fancy dress, cheered as the picture of Baroness Thatcher was set on fire before a large group of press photographers.

Many of the demonstrators carried IRSP and 32CSM flags and sang, “Maggie Thatcher burn in hell” as the effigy was set alight.

The organisers handed out small cartons of milk, a gesture marking the former Conservative Prime Minister’s plan to abolish free school milk.

Despite a heavy police presence on the edges of the Bogside, the PSNI stayed out of the area during the demonstration.

The late Baroness Thatcher’s funeral took place in London earlier today.

(See Friday’s Derry Journal for more coverage)