Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has described the image of a lynched figure on a bonfire at Ballycraigy on the outskirts of Antrim Town as “deeply offensive and a clear hate crime by those responsible.”
The Sinn Féin leader has asked his solicitor to report it to the PSNI as a hate crime and he has called on the Orange Order and Facebook to ensure its “immediate removal.”
Mr. Adams said:
“The Orange Order claims that bonfires are an important part of protestant culture and should be welcoming to families.
What happens at Orange events is clearly the responsibility of the Orange Order.
The figure of a lynch victim on a bonfire is not a welcoming sight for anyone.
This is a disturbing escalation of sectarian and hate crime.
The Orange Order must take immediate steps to have it removed.”