Last week Lasair Dhearg (Red Flame) were out on the streets of Belfast fighting "imperialism", "colonialism", "occupation", "subjugation" and "partition". Armed with a step ladder and what looked like some sticky-backed plastic signs, they were out to bring on their Marxist republican revolution. It sounds rather like a Monty Python script, with a dash of Blue Peter and a lot of Citizen Smith.
They had selected a number of street names and sent out a cadre of activists with the revolutionary mission of sticking up 14 new street signs with names.
Most of the new names were those of members of the Provisional IRA, the Irish Republican Brotherhood or the United Irishmen.
Donegall Square South was to be renamed Bobby Sands Street and Norfolk Drive was to become Maire Drumm Street, while Queen's University was to be renamed Mairead Farrell University.
Now, it has certainly brought them a bit of publicity, because I suspect that until last week 99.9% of the population of Northern Ireland had never heard of them, even though Lasair Dhearg claim to have been formed in west Belfast July 2017.
We already have a crowded field of republican socialist and socialist republican organisations, with the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Republican Network for Unity, Eirigi (Rise Up) and Saoradh (Liberation) to name but a few, but now Lasair Dhearg have decided to enter that already crowded field.
In fairness they do have a website, a logo, a manifesto and a long list of grievances, but a perusal of their website suggests that they have more grievances than members.
This is very much a micro-group. As regards their relationship with other micro-groups, their current spokesperson Pol Torboid was formerly a spokesperson for Eirigi and, indeed, several of their cadre of leaders were formerly prominent in Eirigi. Schisms, resignations and realignments are a feature of these micro-groups.
But back to the street name signs, which were easily stuck up and probably just as easily removed by someone else afterwards.
On their website Lasair Dhearg have a quotation from the South American Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara: "The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated."
With such a commendable commitment to education I am sure, therefore, that Lasair Dhearg will welcome me providing some historical information about two of their temporary street names, William Drennan Street, which was proposed for Ireton Street in the lower Ormeau area, and The Invincibles Street, which was proposed for Cavendish Street in the Springfield Road area.
The endorsement of The Irish National Invincibles is not altogether surprising. They were the Irish republican gang which carried out the Phoenix Park murders in Dublin in 1882.
One of their victims was Lord Frederick Cavendish, and Lasair Dhearg wanted to replace the family name of a victim with that of the organisation that killed him.
Of course, that is not altogether surprising, especially since the Lasair Dhearg website eulogises the late Billy McKee, the most bitter of all the Provisional IRA godfathers.
Seamus Heaney spoke of "hope and history", but some people seem to prefer "hate and history".
However, there may be hope, and for that I turn to another of the names they selected, Dr William Drennan. He was the Belfast-born son of a Presbyterian minister and the founder of the Society of United Irishmen.
However, Dr Drennan left the United Irishmen, took no part in the 1798 rebellion and, like many other former United Irishmen, became reconciled to the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Indeed, in 1811 Dr Drennan wrote in The Belfast Penny Magazine: "Be Britons with all your souls and forget your Father called himself an Irishman."
I suspect that the members of Lasair Dhearg have never read those words, which are hardly in keeping with the revolutionary republican aspirations of their organisation.
Nevertheless, I can only hope that the members of Lasair Dhearg, with their endorsement of Dr William Drennan and their enthusiasm for education, will come to a similar conclusion.
In the meantime, when there is so much depressing news, their ill-informed antics did at least bring a smile to my face.