Published: 00:01, 06 April 2016
Leaflets using the image of murdered British Army soldier Lee Rigby have caused outrage after being delivered to homes across Thanet.
The pamphlet has a picture of the fusilier, who was murdered in Woolwich, south-east London in 2013, and attributes a quote to him which reads “Gobble gobble leave the EU gobble gobble gobble”.
The pages have been put through doors across Thanet and have been produced by the Al-Zebabist Nation of OOOG.
Their claims to be “working in partnership” with groups such as Ukip Thanet, LEAVE.EU and GetBritainOut were swiftly dismissed.
The organisation’s Prophet Zebadiah Abu Obadiah was a candidate in last year’s South Thanet general election campaign.
The party, which has been described as “satirical” and “weird”, came last of the 11 candidates with 30 votes.
LEAVE.EU spokesman Jordan Ryan said: “We are quite shocked at this obviously disgusting leaflet and have absolutely nothing to do with it.
“We would never use disgusting imagery such as this and it is difficult to tell if this is just someone playing a vile joke.
“It has not been done with our permission and anything we produce has to have a publisher’s name and contact number on, which this doesn’t.”
Residents across the Isle have expressed their concern about the leaflets.
Annette Wilson, 65, of King Edward Avenue, said: “Surely they can’t use a picture of Lee Rigby like this? And to say they are working with Ukip is shocking.
“It has been delivered through my front door. On the front it says Europe is Dead and Vote to join Africa, inside it has some rubbish about Britain which isn’t really an issue.
“However, I was horrified when I saw the back.”
Ukip South Thanet chairman Martyn Heale said: “It is absolutely nothing to do with us.
“Anyone with any sense will realise it’s the usual claptrap. Quite frankly I find it offensive.
“They have no right to use our party logo and we will speak to them and advise them to withdraw any references they have to do with Ukip.
“They may have their own reasons for wanting to leave the EU but we want nothing to do with them.”
Web addresses on the back page of the leaflet which appear to be linked to Ukip and Get Britain Out lead directly to the Nation of OOOG website, although the LEAVE.EU website address leads to the official site for the group.
The Apostle Khalid Zulu Shabazz of The Al-Zebabist Nation of OOOG claimed the three political parties were involved in the leaflet campaign.
He said: “Our allies in Ukip, Leave.EU and Get Britain Out have been closely involved in every phase of this campaign – from deciding on content and layout to advising on distribution methods.
“We may have our disagreements on some issues, but we are united in fighting for a much bigger prize: that of an African Brexit.”
When asked about the quote attributed to Lee Rigby, he said: “The quote from Lee Rigby comes directly from a recent conversation with the Prophet Zebadiah Abu Obadiah, that took place in the realms of Zell.
“Fusilier Rigby is an expert on European affairs as well being very knowledgeable on matters of immigration and race – subjects he has written on extensively.
“Our allies in Ukip were also very keen we use the quote from Dr Rigby, pointing to the curious authority attributed to him by the British people.”
When asked what he would say to people who found the leaflet, and the use of Lee Rigby’s image on it, offensive, he said: “We would say that their offence is misplaced and unjustified.
“Only those who reject the teachings of the Prophet Zebadiah Abu Obadiah could possibly take offence at anything in this leaflet.”
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