'Stop using my son's death to fuel hate against Black Lives Matter'

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'Stop using my son's death to fuel hate against Black Lives Matter'

Published at 11:00am 4th June 2020. (Updated at 11:09am 4th June 2020)

Lee Rigby's family have told people to stop using his memory to protest against the Black Lives Matter movement.

The British Army solider was brutally murdered seven years ago in Woolwich, London.

His killers told passers-by that they had attacked a soldier to avenge the killing of Muslims by the British armed forces.

Now his family have spoken about their heartbreak and distress because of people using his image on social media for things Lee didn't stand for, as they sent support to the friends and family of George Floyd.

Issuing a statement on Facebook, his mother Lyn, on behalf of The Lee Rigby Foundation, said: "As a foundation and a family we are aware of a number of posts using images of Lee and his murder in a divisive way to fuel arguments against the black lives matter protests.

"Lee proudly served his country to protect the rights and freedoms of all members of this great melting pot of a nation.

"Seeing his image used to cause hate of any kind especially for those exercising their freedoms in protest against this issue hurts. 

"We find these post extremely heartbreaking and distressing, and in complete opposition to what Lee stood for.

"We ask you all to please stop using his image and memory in such posts as he was a lover of all of humanity.

"Every race, gender, creed, sexuality and colour. So seeing such use of his name harms not only his family but his legacy and memory.

"Our thoughts and support goes out to George Floyd's friends and family at this tragic time.

"We wish you all love and peace at this time."

 

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