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Burning of election posters is a hate crime - McKay

7 July, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said the burning of election posters on loyalist bonfires should be treated as a hate crime. 

Speaking after Martina Anderson election posters appeared on a loyalist bonfire in the Bloomfield estate in Bangor, Mr McKay said; 

"Sinn Féin is strongly opposed to the burning of election posters on bonfires. 

"The appearance of Martina Anderson posters on a bonfire in Bangor is not surprising. I am quite sure that this will not be the only place where election posters will be burnt.

"We have heard in recent days unionist politicians and the Orange Order speaking of tolerance and respect.

"Despite this election posters, Irish tricolours and other flags such as the Polish flag and effigies, including one of Fr Matt Wallace and Michael McIlveen have been burnt on bonfires.

"These are hate crimes against sections of our community and should be treated as such.

"We need to see strong voices and leadership from political unionism in order to see that these despicable practices are stopped."

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