FURY has erupted after “shameful” protesters launched so-called 'poppy patrols' to stop the sale of the Remembrance symbol in action against “British terrorists”.
Facebook account ‘Anti Imperialist Action Ireland’ said the crackdown in the Irish city of Dublin was in a bid to “challenge” poppy sellers who “support British Imperialism”.
Social media users quickly hit back to blast the group as “shameful” ahead of Remembrance Day.
As the nation prepares to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Anti Imperialist Action Ireland wrote: “Poppy Watch Patrols - Resist British Imperialism!
“In the coming days and weeks, Irish Socialist Republicans and Anti-Imperialists in Dublin, will be organising 'Poppy Watch Patrols' to prevent the sale of the British Legion Poppy on the streets of our capital city.
“Following on from the success of last year’s patrols, those selling the British Legion Poppy on our streets will be challenged and their support for British imperialism and the ongoing illegal occupation of Ireland will be highlighted.”
The protest group claimed the Royal British Legion, a charity supporting serving members of the armed forces, veterans and their families, “show support for Britain’s terrorists”.
It added: “The British Legion are not a benign charity. The funds raised by the British Legion are used to support serving members of Britain’s imperialist forces and the poppy shows support for Britain’s terrorists in all its wars of conquest, including the ongoing wars and secret conflicts Britain involves itself in today.
“The poppy is a very political symbol which signifies support for British imperialism in Ireland.