Madrid’s Plaza Margaret Thatcher renamed by Liverpool fans

Madrid's controversially named Plaza Margaret Thatcher has been given a new moniker by Reds fans.

Madrid's Plaza Margaret Thatcher renamed by Liverpool fans
Photo: UK in Spain/Flickr

The square just of Plaza Colon where the Tottenham fan zone is located, was named after the former conservative leader and first female British prime minister in 2014.

The square was named in honour of Baronness Thatcher two years after her death by the previous conservative PP run administration of Madrid City Hall but it didn't sit well with everyone and moves were made to change the name under leftwing mayor Manuela Carmena. 

However, it was Liverpool fans who on Friday made the bold move, instead renaming the square – using printed off signs and a bit of sellotape – to honour Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. 

Paul Doherty, from Walton, was one of the Liverpool fans behind the square's 'rebranding'

He told the Liverpool Echo: “They commemorate thatcher in Madrid but they don’t really understand what she did to the city and our people.

“Liverpool is Labour, always has been always will be, so we decided to commemorate that with Jezza here.”


Photo: AFP

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Madrid police end escaped camels’ night on the town

Eight camels and a llama took to the streets of Madrid overnight after escaping from a nearby circus, Spanish police said on Friday.

A camel in a zoo
A file photo of a camel in a zoo. Photo: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

It was not immediately clear how the long-legged runaways managed to get out but Quiros Circus, which owns them, blamed sabotage by animal rights activists.

They were spotted at around 5:00 am wandering around the southern district of Carabranchel close to where the circus is currently based.

“Various camels and a llama escaped from a circus in Madrid overnight,” Spain’s national police wrote on Twitter, sharing images of eight two-humped camels and a llama hanging around a street corner.

“Police found them and took care of them so they could be taken back safe and sound,” they tweeted.

There was no word on whether the rogue revellers, who are known for spitting, put up any resistance when the police moved in to detain them.

Mati Munoz, one of the circus’ managers, expressed relief the furry fugitives — Bactrian camels who have two humps and thick shaggy coats – had been safely caught.

“Nothing happened, thank God,” he told AFP, saying the circus had filed a complaint after discovering the electric fence around the animals’ enclosure had been cut.

“We think (their escape) was due to an act of sabotage by animal rights groups who protest every year.”

Bactrian camels (camelus bactrianus) come from the rocky deserts of central and eastern Asia and have an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions.

These days, the vast majority of them are domesticated.