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Muslim Protesters Mar UK's Rememberance Day

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

On Thusday, the United States marks Veterans Day. But we are not the only country to do so. In the United Kingdom it is called Rememberance or Armistice Day -- and this year's anniversary was marred with ugly protests.

Dozens of members of a group called Muslims Against Crusades set fire to a large poppy flower -- the symbol of British soldiers killed while defending their country. During the weeks leading up to Rememberance Day, the symbol adorns everything from English newspaper Web sites to coach's lapels in the famed English Premier League.

Along with burning the poppy, protesters chanted "British soldiers burn in hell" and held banners saying "Islam will dominate" and "Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell."

  

Photo courtesy The Sun

"I'm disgusted," said Christine Bonner, whose son was killed in combat. "There are people like myself that at 11am today were remembering the lives of our children, and then there are some people doing something so hurtful as that. I think it's atrocious.

"We're talking about individuals who have died for their country."

Three protesters were arrested -- two for public order offenses and one for assaulting a police officer.