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Anti-Thatcher protesters turn their back on funeral procession

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 01:03

April 17 - During Margaret Thatchers funeral, a small group of protesters hold up placards against the former PM and turn their backs on the funeral procession. Simon Hanna reports.

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Amid all the pomp, ceremony and security of Baroness Margaret Thatcher's funeral, there were those who were there to protest against the divisive former Prime Minister. The high police presence at this 15 million dollar ceremony deterred many demonstrators from going, but a few still went, turning their backs on the procession as it passed. The former Conservative party leader is seen by her critics as responsible for growing inequality and the closure of large swathes of the country's industrial base. Demonstrators here said the current Conservative government was using the funeral to boost their popularity. SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID WINSLOW, PROTESTER: "It's essentially a massive propaganda campaign for the Tories to try to kind of elevate Thatcher to the status of a public idol." SOUNDBITE (English) RICHARD PATON, PROTESTER: "Are we going to stand by and let them smother us in this sort of fake reverence and vanity of avarice? Not bloody likely." The ceremonial funeral with military honours is Britain's biggest political funeral since that of Winston Churchill in 1965.

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Anti-Thatcher protesters turn their back on funeral procession

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 01:03