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Displays of hate on Highfield bonfire deeply insulting to Ballymurphy families – Maskey

11 July, 2018 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has reported a number of items on display at a bonfire on the Highfield estate to the PSNI as hate crimes and said one banner was deeply insulting and hurtful to the families of the victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre.

And the West Belfast MP has called on political and community figures in the Highfield estate to use their influence to have offensive banners, election posters and flags removed immediately.

Paul Maskey said:

“I have reported the display of the banner on the Highfield bonfire, which reads ‘F your Ballymurphy Massacre Inquiry’ and Kill all Taigs’, as a hate crime to the PSNI.

“This is deeply offensive and hurtful to the families of the victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre who have had to wait almost half a century for answers about the killing of their loved ones by the British army in August 1971.

“There can be no place either for the display of naked sectarianism which advocates the killing of anyone of this society or for the burning of election posters and national flags.

“I am calling on political and community leaders to use their influence to have these very graphic displays of hatred and bigotry removed from the bonfires immediately and Sinn Féin will be raising this matter further later today in a meeting with the police.”

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