Orange Order should intervene on burning of flags, effigies and posters - Finucane
John Finucane has said the Orange Order need to address the burning of flags and election posters on 11th July bonfires.
Speaking after his election posters appeared on a bonfire in the vicinity of Conway Street in Belfast Mr Finucane said:
“The burning of tricolours, effigies and posters of both Sinn Féin candidates and those from other parties is wrong.
"The Orange Order claims that bonfires are an important part of protestant culture and should be welcoming to families.
“It sends the totally wrong message to young people and families attending bonfires that it is OK to witness the images of others being burnt on pyres.
"These are hate crimes and are being treated as such by the PSNI.
"The Orange Order have been silent in previous years on the hate crimes that have taken place at these eleventh night bonfires. They have issued statements calling for no tyres to be burnt but nothing for flags, posters or effigies.
“There is time yet before these bonfires are completed for the Orange Order to take a proactive and positive step towards stating clearly that the burning of flags, effigies and election posters is wrong and should not be part of the twelfth celebrations.”