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Grave dancers deface London theater sign: ‘Margaret Thatchers dead LOL’ [photos]

On Monday, gleeful mobs turned out to celebrate Margaret Thatcher’s death with street parties that included champagne and joyous banners. Grave-dancing revelers in the Brixton section of London draped a “bitch is dead” banner from the Ritzy Cinema and rearranged the letters in the film listings to spell “Margaret Thatchers dead LOL.”

Tell me this ain't on the screen of the Brixton Ritz about Thatcher? I cbaa respect for the mortal is sub zero

— Michael A (@TheAdjei) April 9, 2013

But the vandals had a tough time with the letters. Spelling is hard.

There's a guy rearranging the tiles outside the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton. He's (mis)spelling Margaret #Thatcher's name

— Rob Preece (@RobPreeceOnline) April 8, 2013

"Margaret #Thatcher's dead" at the Ritzy. Complete with spelling mistake. #Brixton

— Kevin Rawlinson (@KevinJRawlinson) April 8, 2013

…now with spelling mistake corrected. #thatcher #ThatcherParty #brixton

— Kevin Rawlinson (@KevinJRawlinson) April 8, 2013

Apostrophe update: might be one on the way…

— Kevin Rawlinson (@KevinJRawlinson) April 8, 2013

False alarm, it was a 'lol, oh aye'. #ThatcherParty #Thatcher #Brixton

— Kevin Rawlinson (@KevinJRawlinson) April 8, 2013

To those criticising @RitzyCinema, the message was left by protester who climbed and rearranged the film listings tiles. #brixton #Thatcher

— Rob Preece (@RobPreeceOnline) April 8, 2013

As the photos of the defaced theater listing spread on social media, @RitzyCinema used Twitter to set the record straight. The person running the account wrote, “This is not our doing people!”  The Ritzy reports “lots of broken letters and damage” were left behind by the unhinged vandals.

Some the protesters/revellers have climbed up on our redograph and written their own messages, this is not our doing people!

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 8, 2013

@tubbsOreally The letters were already up there, we had a full board of films at one point this evening…

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 8, 2013

@Tombaldwinscoke Don't think we 'let them' do anything I'm afraid. There was a huge crowd and they climbed up themselves!

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 8, 2013

@samroake The police arrived shortly after…

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 8, 2013

Big thank you to the lovely people who helped clear up windrush square with us #welovebrixton

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 8, 2013

We did indeed ask assistance but they were seemingly busy elsewhere. Thank you for all the nice tweets

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 9, 2013

@Objective_49 everything's OK. It's been cleared. Lots of broken letters and damage though..

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 9, 2013

@JDNConstable maybe worth reading our previous tweets about last night. The Ritzy was vandalised. What was written had nothing to do with us

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 9, 2013

@CityScreenYork we're OK… Readograph a bit battered. Thanks guys!

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 9, 2013

@Swill_i_ams @sebpatrick Damage to the readograph and side of building, but not nothing that can't be fixed. Thanks for the concern guys!

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 9, 2013

@AnneFairweather It's a bit broke, hopefully we'll get it fixed asap.

— Ritzy Cinema (@RitzyCinema) April 9, 2013

The Ritzy wasn’t the only location to sustain damage during the death party. Twitter users report broken windows, looting and graffiti.

Nice to see Brixton (Labour) rioting last night whilst out celebrating death of an old woman and looting shops including Barnardo's! #sick

— Scuffer (@harpandcrown) April 9, 2013

#Thatcher dies, and to celebrate, a few kids/students/unemployed wasters/generalvagrants smash up a Barnados' up in #Brixton. #niceonepricks

— Matt O'Brien (@mattohbee) April 9, 2013

Graffiti on Windrush Sq in Brixton. Sums up the brainpower of those present at the death party…

— Stewart Owadally (@sowadally) April 9, 2013

I did however see the Police guarding a smashed window of a @barnardos shop… Looting a charity shop? Surely not. #prettylow #Brixton

— James Banks (@Tweetingbanksy) April 9, 2013

In Bristol, a police officer is hospitalized and others are injured after they tried to break up a celebration by Thatcher haters.

Margaret Thatcher once said, “I can’t bear Britain in decline, I just can’t.” The same can’t be said for the cretinous gutter-dwellers who celebrated her death.

#brixton's grave-dancing riots will devalue local property and cause businesses to abandon it. Good people will get the hell out. #thatcher

— Chris Beach (@chrisbeach) April 9, 2013


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