Just six days after the 31st Anniversary of the Falklands War, former British prime minister and a central figure in the South Atlantic conflict, Margaret Thatcher, was confirmed dead on Monday, the Associated Press reports.
Britain’s “Iron Lady” suffered a stroke on Monday morning and as the news began trending on Twitter, many recalled her prominent role in the Falklands War. (Check out some reactions above)
Thatcher’s political career was marked by her firm stance and quick reaction to the storming of the Falklands Islands (Islas Malvinas, as recognized in Argentina) by Argentine troops in 1982. Her tenacity and grit during the 74-day war bolstered her popularity in the U.K. at the time but the aftermath of the war, along with the ongoing sovereignty debate over the islands, scarred her legacy over time.
Many users on Twitter responded to Thatcher’s death with references to the many lives lost in the Falklands War, which despite having occurred over three decades ago is felt like an open wound for both Argentines and the many who lost loved ones in the conflict.
thank you butcher Thatcher.the Malvinas will not be forgotten. twitter.com/LorenaGuzman_/…
— Lorena Guzman (@LorenaGuzman_) April 8, 2013
According to CNN, around 645 Argentine soldiers died during the conflict while casualties on the British side were placed at 255. Almost 2,000 were wounded on both sides and over 11,000 Argentines were captured by British troops.
Still some users lamented Thatcher’s passing. A twitter account created by Falkland Islanders for British sovereignty on the archipelago even thanked the former prime minister.
— Falkland Islands (@falklands_utd) April 8, 2013
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