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Margaret Thatcher 'death party' in London's Trafalgar Square attracts hundreds


Anti-Thatcher protesters react to the death of former British Prime Minister as they gather at Trafalgar Square in London, Monday, April 8, 2013. Opponents of the late Margaret Thatcher are taking a kind of musical revenge on the former prime minister, pushing the song "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" up the British charts in a posthumous protest over her polarizing policies. By Friday, April 12, 2013, the online campaign had propelled the "Wizard of Oz" song to No. 1 on British iTunes and into the top five of the music chart used by the BBC to compile its weekly radio countdown. The unusual campaign has caused a headache for the BBC. With the ditty near the top of the charts, the broadcaster faced the prospect of airing the words "The Wicked Witch is Dead!" on its Sunday countdown show, just days before Thatcher's funeral, scheduled for Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of opponents of late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher have gathered in London's Trafalgar Square to celebrate her death.

Thatcher's most strident critics had long vowed to hold a party in central London on the Saturday following the former leader's passing.

Photographs and video footage appeared to show a few hundred people clutching their umbrellas in the rain between Nelson's Column and London's National Gallery.

Britons remain deeply divided over Thatcher, who died Monday aged 87, and the debate over her legacy has aroused strong feelings here.

Widely respected on the right for reviving Britain's economic fortunes and besting Argentina in a war over the Falkland Islands, Thatcher is reviled by some on the left for her anti-union stance and perceived indifference to the country's working class.