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Thatcher opponents turn their back, boo at funeral procession
Reuters
London, April 17, 2013
First Published: 16:34 IST(17/4/2013)
Last Updated: 16:35 IST(17/4/2013)

About two dozen opponents of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher turned their backs on her funeral procession and some others booed as her coffin passed through central London on a gun carriage today.

One man held up a placard "Boo!" and some shouted "scum" while others clapped, threw flowers along the route and cheered for Britain's longest serving prime minister of the 20th Century, Reuters reporters said.

Thousands of supporters lined the route from Westminster to St Paul's Cathedral.

Polls have shown that many are unhappy that the estimated 10-million ($15 million) pound bill for the funeral is being picked up by the taxpayer, while some left-wing lawmakers say the pomp-filled funeral is excessive.


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