Londonderry Sinn Féin councillor Paul Fleming says those who placed election posters of North West representatives on an 11th night bonfire in Belfast are guilty of hate crimes.
Posters depicting Councillors Fleming, Kevin Campbell, Mickey Cooper, MEP Martina Anderson and candidate Liam Friel were attached to a huge 11th night bonfire off the Upper Shankill in West Belfast.
Mr Fleming said: “Posters from the recent election featuring myself and my party colleagues Martina Anderson, Kevin Campbell, Mickey Cooper, Liam Friel as well as Belfast councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir have been placed on a loyalist bonfire at Lanark Way in west Belfast.
“A poster of my party colleague Patricia Logue has also been placed on a bonfire in Derry. Sinn Féin is strongly opposed to the burning of election posters on bonfires.
“These are hate crimes against sections of our community and should be treated as such. The Orange Order and unionist politicians claim these bonfires are expressions of culture and should be welcoming for families but there is little evidence of that.
“We need to see strong voices and leadership from political unionism in order to see that these despicable practices are stopped.”