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Britain First Use Lee Rigby Image On Facebook Page Despite Family's Calls Not To

04/11/2015 08:32 GMT | Updated 04/11/2015 21:59 GMT

Britain First have continued to exploit the memory of Lee Rigby despite repeated appeals from his family not to do so.

A post on the far-right pseudo-political party's Facebook page showed a picture of the murdered soldier overlaid a background of what appear to be images from World War 1.

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Posted by Britain First on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A comment below the post highlighting the family's displeasure with such usage has since been removed by Britain First's page admins.

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Father-of-one Lee, 25, was killed in broad daylight by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale on 22 May 2013. They told passers-by the act was to avenge the killing of Muslims by the British armed forces.

In April of last year, the Electoral Commission was forced to apologise to Rigby's family after they allowed Britain First to use the phrase 'Remember Lee Rigby' in leaflets to promote candidates in the European Elections.

In June of this year family members including his mother Lyn, stepfather Ian, wife Rebecca and son Jack, released a statement reiterating they did not want far-right groups exploiting his memory.

It read: "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."

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The statement was prompted by announcements from the English Defence League (EDL) and the British National Party (BNP) that they were to hold marches exploiting Rigby's memory.

The family were joined in their sentiments by members of the armed forces.

Retired Brigadier Ian Liles, Regimental Secretary of the Fusiliers Association, said: "I want to make absolutely clear the Regiment’s view on this. The hackle and the Regiment is not to be associated with any organisations which seek to exploit the death of one of our Regimental family for a range of self-serving and unhelpful reasons.

"It is wrong and disgraceful that the death of one of our own should be exploited in this manner and that dishonour, by wrongful association, is brought onto the Regiment. We are to remain dignified with our heads held high and respect Fusilier Rigby in the way we have all our dead; with honour and pride."

Adebolajo, 29, was given a whole life term while Adebowale, 22, was jailed for life with a minimum of 45 years.

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In fact the 'Christian' group already have such a bad reputation that Church of England clergy recently wrote an open letter slamming their attitude to Muslims.