A British Royal Air Force veteran was beaten outside a Manchester pub yesterday in an apparent anti-military attack.
Anthony O'Brien, 69, said he was punched and head butted after returning from a pub where he was discussing funeral arrangements with friends for a fellow veteran.
"I saw these two lads and, as I got near, they started shouting and swearing," O'Brien told The Sun. "They were shouting, 'F****** shoot all you bastards and blow your soldiers up. Death to all soldiers.' I was scared."
O'Brien said the attackers singled him out after they saw him wearing his RAF blazer and poppy, articles he said he wears "proudly."
"I thought they were drunk or something," he explained. "I told them to leave me alone but the little fella hit me on the side of my head. Then the other fella head-butted me. Then they ran away."
The attack has left O'Brien in a wheelchair.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)