Disunited in mourning: police fear Thatcher funeral may turn into security nightmare
Fears of civil disorder in capital as plans are revealed for partially state-funded ceremonial funeral, as MPs gather to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher
Jerome Taylor Author Biography , Oscar Quine
Wednesday 10 April 2013
Police officers are monitoring social media, internet forums and BlackBerry messaging networks in the expectation that Margaret Thatcher’s funeral procession next Wednesday will be targeted by protesters.
The possibility of demonstrations during the funeral has raised concerns that police may adopt the controversial tactic of making pre-emptive arrests.
Plans appear to be under way for different groups to demonstrate during the funeral, and to hold celebrations around the country on the same day.