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Two men charged over poppy burning

Two men accused of burning poppies during the two-minute silence on the anniversary of Armistice Day have been charged with a public order offence.

Mohammed Haque, 30, and Amdadur Choudhury, 26, were arrested during a demonstration by militant Islamist group Muslims Against Crusades.

The group held a noisy and confrontational demonstration in Kensington, west London, on November 11.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court next Wednesday.

He said they have been charged under section two of the Public Order Act and declined to reveal their addresses.

As the clock struck 11am, the Islamic protesters burned a model of a poppy and chanted "British soldiers burn in hell".

Parents of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan condemned the inflammatory protest by the hard-line group.

The founder of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, 27, of Luton, was also arrested and charged after his group staged a counter-protest.

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