Hook around one of the arms on the poppit and pull. You might have to nudge it up, down, left, and right to walk the arms past the little ridges within the post. They tend to get caught up on those sometimes. Failing that, use the needle nose pliers and grab the flared end of the poppit post you see in the picture and give that a nudge towards center and then pull. You may need to bend one of the arms back towards the central poppit post to create the clearance you need.