Displays of sectarian hate need to be challenged – Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has called for political and legal action to end what he called “displays of sectarian hate” that accompany 12th July events in the North.
Gerry Adams said:
“The open displays of sectarian hatred and intimidation which we witnessed around this year's Twelfth celebrations are, regrettably, an increasing occurrence.
“These hate crimes are completely unacceptable in any modern democratic society.
“The public burning of the Irish national flag, the burning of the effigies of nationalist and republican representatives and candidates' election posters are hate crimes pure and simple.
“The organisers of bonfires where these crimes are committed need to be rigorously investigated by the PSNI and the perpetrators prosecuted.
“Police action to date has been derisory, but it is no longer acceptable for the PSNI to stand back while an entire community is demonised and subjected to an annual campaign of sectarian hatred.
“I initiated a complaint to the PSNI last July around an incident involving an effigy of myself. I intend to press ahead with this.
“I do not believe that the disgraceful scenes we witnessed around some Twelfth bonfires represent genuine Orangeism.
“Sinn Féin fully support the rights of the loyal orders to parade and to celebrate but we need to see more leadership from unionist political parties and from the Orange Order on this issue.”