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Hundreds of protesters turn backs on former British PM Margaret Thatcher’s coffin

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hundreds who hated former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's policies expressed their disdain during her funeral services Wednesday by turning their backs on her coffin as it passed.

The demonstration was peaceful, The Guardian reported, and it occurred toward the end of the procession. Police estimated the crowd size around 300.

The protest stands counter to the massive swell of supporters who turned out for the "Iron Lady's" funeral. Some even camped out Tuesday evening in order to secure a good viewing seat for the procession, which kicked off about 5:30 a.m. EDT and wrapped at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Dignitaries, top political leaders and high-ranking officials from all over attended: Former Vice President Dick Cheney; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; and Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the House and presidential candidate, were among the notables.

NBC reported that members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Welsh Guards, Royal Air Force and the Scots Guards were also present in full dress. Meanwhile, Falkland Islands was planning a separate ceremony to honor her, NBC said.

Mrs. Thatcher received full military honors for her service to the nation.

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