MARGARET Thatcher’s plaza in Madrid has been vandalised for the second time since it opened on September 15.
Protesters have this time stuck a sticker over the official sign – which originally read Plaza de Margaret Thatcher – to rename it Plaza de la Juventud Exiliada, meaning Square of Exiled Youth.
The vandalism comes in protest of Spain’s high level of youth unemployment, which currently stands at over 50%.
The sticker has now been peeled off, but the damage will reportedly cost €100 to repair.
Protesters previously vandalised the square – named for the controversial former British Prime Minister –just a day after its official opening.
British expats plastered the signpost with stickers reading ‘Hillsborough Justice Campaign’ and ‘Justice for the 96’, both references to the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989, which saw 96 Liverpool FC fans crushed to death.
Thatcher, as prime minister at the time, and the Sun newspaper were accused of putting the blame on the fans and supporting police over the grieving families.
Madrid is the first city in the world to honour Thatcher with a square, with Mayor Ana Botella describing her as ‘one of the great personalities of the 20th century’ at the opening ceremony.
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