#TerroristSympathiser: U.K. Votes On Bombing Syria Amid Controversy

A new hashtag campaign attacks U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron as parliament is expected to vote on military action against ISIS in Syria

Dec 02, 2015 at 6:46 AM ET

A new hashtag campaign is slamming U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron for reportedly calling opponents of airstrikes against ISIS in Syria “terrorist sympathizers.”

Cameron on Tuesday urged lawmakers to vote in favor of an air campaign in Syria instead of siding with Labor leader “Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathizers,” according to reports. The comment prompted a flood of social media users to post the hashtag  to voice anger over the remark, criticize Cameron and speak out against the proposed military action.

The hashtag was posted more than 26,000 times since late Tuesday, Vocativ discovered using our deep web technology.

“Good Morning, if you’re just waking up, thug Prime Minister @David_Cameron labelled peaceful Brits #terroristsympathiser for wanting #Peace!” one Twitter user wrote. “I’m opposed to bombs being dropped that will injure, maim and kill innocent civilians,” another posted from London. “I’m a #terroristsympathiser.”

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The British parliament is expected to vote on Wednesday about whether or not to expand Britain’s military action against ISIS—already ongoing in Iraq—to Syria. Reuters reported that lawmakers are likely to approve an air campaign, but figures from a new polling organization indicate the U.K. is divided, The Independent reported.

German lawmakers are also expected vote today on Wednesday on boosted commitment to the fight against ISIS. Heightened involvement would involve deploying high-tech jets over northern Iraq as well as over Syria, which could help other nations better determine their targets, CNN reported.

The decisions are being made just weeks after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a string of terror attacks across the French capital. In recent days, protesters in the U.K. have taken to the streets to oppose Syria airstrikes.

The hashtag emerged after another one, #DontBombSyria, also starting trending on Twitter. More than 250,000 tweets have included it, a Vocativ analysis showed.