[ View the story "A global memorial for Margaret Thatcher" on Storify] A global memorial for Margaret Thatcher From Britain to South Africa and Argentina, netizens debate legacy of the 'Iron Lady'.
The Stream· Mon, Apr 08 2013 10:33:40
Lady Thatcher didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country.David Cameron
Although I disagreed with Margaret Thatcher on almost every political issue & clashed with her frequently in the Commons I mourn her passingGeorge Foulkes
Not everyone took a solemn approach to news of the former prime minister's passing. Many focused on a typo found on the BBC's website, which was an unintentional reminder of the widespread labour strikes that marked Thatcher's government.
#NoStateFuneral trended worldwide, as many critics of her free-market economic policies tweeted that her memorial should be privatised. One
with more than 30,000 signatures stated, "In keeping with the great lady's legacy, Margaret Thatcher's state funeral should be funded and managed by the private sector to offer the best value and choice for end users and other stakeholders".
#nostatefuneral Why should I be forced to pay for her funeral? She destroyed my life, nearly destroyed my children's lives.Gracie Samuels-Pleb
Great to see #nostatefuneral trending! I want my taxes to help rebuild the communities Thatcher destroyed instead please. #nowthatchersdeadRobin Arthur Hanford
Wow, Twitter takes about 5 hours of polite condolences before questioning funeral expenses. Give it some time #nostatefuneralTim Boxall
Supporters and opponents of Thatcher's policies focused on positive aspects they saw in her legacy.
Thatcher was on of the firsts conservative Heads of State to acknowledge gay rights back in the 1960's. She wasn't all bad.Trias Moodley
She beat militant unions, Argentinian dictatorship, helped bring down the Iron Curtain & survived an IRA assassination attempt. #RIPMaggieCllr Gareth Anderson
RIP #Margaret #Thatcher. Your policies divided opinion, but you were an icon to girls like me who grew up in England.Yvonne Ndege
Thatcher's death reverberated around the world, where she was often a divisive figure. Twitter users from South Africa sent reminders that Thatcher's legacy included support for apartheid.
Margaret Thatcher supported the apartheid government. Democracy didn't give us amnesiaTrev
Thatcher, on the other hand, was no friend of the ANC, which Geoffrey Howe recalls her dismissing as "a typical terrorist organisation".Corrie Strydom
Margaret #Thatcher opposed sanctions against the white minority dictatorship; she was not a friend of South AfricaAfrica is a Country
Thatcher's name also trended in Latin America as many debated her legacy in the region. Thatcher was a personal friend of former Chilean general Augusto Pinochet, who overthrew elected president Salvador Allende in a 1973 coup.
The British friend of Pinochet gone.Renata Avila
@careslfc writes, "Margaret Thatcher has died, and now is reunited with Pinochet in hell".
Murió Margaret Thatcher, y ahora se reencuentra con don Pino en el infiernoCaro_sourgirl
@claudiobarra writes in support, "Margaret Thatcher passed away, an intelligent woman, courageous and a consistent friend of our country when the world turned its back. RIP."
Falleció Margaret Thatcher una mujer inteligente , valiente y consecuente , amiga de nuestro País cuando el mundo nos daba la espalda (QEPD)Claudio Barra C
In Argentina, Thatcher is remembered for her role in the 1982 war over the Falkland Islands, a British territory known to Argentinians as the Malvinas. @LeoFigeroa07 tweets below, "Margaret Thatcher died, nothing to say except #TheMalvinasAreArgentinian".
Murió Margaret Thatcher nada para decir, solo #LasMalvinasSonArgentinasLeandruli
Around the world, many noted Thatcher for breaking barriers to become Britain's first female prime minister and debated her status as an icon for women.
Whichever side of the political spectrum you stand on, you cannot disagree that #Thatcher was an incredible and formidable woman #RIPMaggieAngus Wyatt
Love or hate her, Thatcher did something incredible by becoming PM at a time when many of the opportunities of today didn’t exist for women.Jon Russell
When Reagan died, progressive men were not expected to acknowledge he was good for them as men.Erin Matson
Pinochet's friend Thatcher is the evidence that "a woman in power" makes no difference for other women if she doesn't defend Human Rights.Renata Avila
Margaret Thatcher was not a role model for young women in politics. She was one of the many Stepford wives of Imperialism.ImmortalTech