April 13 - London ''party of a lifetime'' to celebrate death of Maggie Thatcher fails to live up to its billing, attracting only about 200 protesters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Only about 200 people turned up for a "party" in central London on Saturday to celebrate the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a mass protest predicted by some failed to materialize. The British capital's mayor had warned of potential rioting as organizers promised thousands of opponents of Thatcher, who died aged 87 on Monday, would descend on London's Trafalgar Square to mark the passing of a leader who was loved and loathed in equal measure. Current British politicians and world leaders past and present have paid tributes to the former premier, Britain's longest serving prime minister in over a century, but she continues to divide Britons over policies which saw her crush trade unions and privatize swathes of industry. "We're here to show that not everybody in this country, or in Scotland, or in Wales, or Ireland is eulogizing about this particular woman who represented everything that was evil and reactionary and backwards in British history," said Dave Douglas, a member of the National Union of Mine Workers. The event, which had been planned by left-wing activists in the event of her death decades ago, had been billed as "the party of a lifetime". But in cold and rainy conditions, it attracted only about 200 jovial supporters, chanting "Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, dead, dead, dead". Some danced to loud drums and waved banners bearing messages such as "Rot in hell Thatcher".