In 2011 Emdadur Choudhury, 26, of Spitalfields, east London, was fined £50 for offences under the Public Order Act, for burning a remembrance poppy.
Also in 2011 several people were arrested in Northern Ireland after a picture of two youths burning a poppy was posted on Facebook.
In 2012 Linford ‘Linney’ House a 19-year-old man from Kent was arrested for poppy burning under the Malicious Communications Act and went through “restorative justice”.
This year (2015) in Ulster Police investigated a number of republican bonfires, on which poppy wreaths were burned.
The remembrance poppy has been used since 1921 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war. Inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields”. Yet the police actions above go against everything that those people died for. Instead of enjoying our basic rights, including freedom of expression, we have a repressive, fascist state who seek to control us. Our government forgets that it is our servant and that it is acting in an authoritarian way against the very citizens it should be protecting from such fascism.
Our freedom of expression also means that there must be no problem with the public burning of the Bible, the Koran, the Torah the God Delusion or any other book. No matter how much some people might object to this.
There is yet more fascism surrounding the poppy. This is the unwritten rule that all public figures and people appearing on television must wear one from mid October, with the mainstream media and now the social media attacking anyone who doesn’t. Forced compulsion in our supposedly free society. This is yet another example of the pure evil of political correctness that socialism has brought to this country. So I never wear one, as a matter of principle. Though I have the most profound respect and gratitude for everyone who has fought for our freedoms. And also for the service personal who took part in Tony Blair’s illegal wars.
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