Sinn Féin councillor Paul Fleming has said the burning of election posters on loyalist bonfires is a hate crime.
Speaking after election posters of Sinn Féin councillors from Derry appeared on a loyalist bonfire at Lanark way in Belfast, councillor Fleming said;
“Posters from the recent election featuring myself and my party colleagues Martina Anderson, Kevin Campbell, Mickey Cooper, Liam Friel as well as Belfast councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir have been placed on a loyalist bonfire at Lanark Way in west Belfast.
“Sinn Féin is strongly opposed to the burning of election posters on bonfires.
“These are hate crimes against sections of our community and should be treated as such.
“The Orange Order and unionist politicians claim these bonfires are expressions of culture and should be welcoming for families but there is little evidence of that.
“We need to see strong voices and leadership from political unionism in order to see that these despicable practices are stopped.” Ends/Críoch