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Far-right group Britain First won't stop using the image of murdered soldier Lee Rigby

His family have asked before that his image be used to promote peace.

Tribute to Lee Rigby in Manchester.
Tribute to Lee Rigby in Manchester.
Image: Wikimedia

A BRITISH FAR-RIGHT group has continued to share images of a murdered British soldier despite criticism and a plea from his family not to politicise his image.

Britian First has more likes on Facebook than any other UK political party and regularly shares images and stories with an anti-Muslim sentiment. In recent years, the party has launched a number of stunts to gain publicity including “invading mosques”.

As part of its Facebook strategy, the party has frequently shared images of British soldier Lee Rigby who was murdered by Islamic extremists on the streets of London in 2013.

This is despite a plea from his family two years ago who asked that his name not be used in a way that excuses attacks against others.

A family’s statement released through the UK’s Ministry of Defence in the weeks after his killing said that they wanted his memory to promote peace:

“We would like to emphasise that Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to carry out attacks against others. We would not wish any other families to go through this harrowing experience and appeal to everyone to keep calm and show their respect in a peaceful manner.”

Britain’s First website is open in its disrespect for Islam, describing it as a ‘barbaric religion’ and encouraging followers to ‘take the fight to hate preachers’.

Earlier in the week, the party shared a picture of the Rigby under the slogan ‘never forget’ and faced criticism.

Today, the party have done so again saying that Rigby is ”Always in our hearts”.

It’s prompted further criticism from people online.

PastedImage-35342 Source: Facebook/Britain First

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