Vandal targets Margret Thatcher's statue just hours after unveiling

“Tear it down!” one man shouted toward the statue Sunday, as others driving past it loudly booed, according to Sky News.

Video filmed in Grantham, Lincolnshire, shows one unidentified man launching eggs at the 20-foot statue, which is surrounded by a fence. The man egged the statue within two hours of it being installed Sunday, the Guardian reported.

The statue of Britain’s first female prime minister was initially intended to be installed in Parliament Square in Westminster, but was moved to Thatcher’s hometown in response to fears of a “motivated far-left movement… who may be committed to public activism,” SkyNews reported. 

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PA via Reuters A man throws eggs at a statue of Baroness Margaret Thatcher as it is installed in her home town of Grantham, Lincolnshire. Picture date: Sunday May 15

PA via Reuters A man throws eggs at a statue of Baroness Margaret Thatcher as it is installed in her home town of Grantham, Lincolnshire. Picture date: Sunday May 15 (PA Images via Reuters Connect)

Launching eggs at the statue has long been planned, with a Facebook group in 2020 proposing an “egg-throwing contest” after the South Kesteven District Council approved of an unveiling ceremony. The council installed a CCTV camera directly across from the memorial following the threats.

A statue of Baroness Margaret Thatcher is lowered into place in her home town of Grantham, England, Sunday May 15, 2022. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

A statue of Baroness Margaret Thatcher is lowered into place in her home town of Grantham, England, Sunday May 15, 2022. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP) (Associated Press)

Despite the statue garnering protest from some citizens, the Conservative leader of South Kesteven council that it is “appropriate that [Thatcher] is commemorated by her home town.” 

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“Margaret Thatcher will always be a significant part of Grantham’s heritage,” Councillor Kelham Cooke said, according to the Guardian. “She and her family have close ties with Grantham. She was born, raised and went to school here.”

Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher is seen giving her last speech as Prime Minister at the October 1990 Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool, Lancashire before being removed by her own colleagues a few weeks afterwards. Her fighting spirit and stern expression gives her the reputation of Iron Lady with a gaze that make her opponents uncomfortable.  (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher is seen giving her last speech as Prime Minister at the October 1990 Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool, Lancashire before being removed by her own colleagues a few weeks afterwards. Her fighting spirit and stern expression gives her the reputation of Iron Lady with a gaze that make her opponents uncomfortable.  (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images) (GETTY)

“This is about inspiring, educating and informing people about someone who represents a significant part of Grantham’s heritage.”

Thatcher served as prime minister from 1979 to 1990 and gained the nickname the “Iron Lady” for her anti-communist stance. She died in 2013 at the age of 87.

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