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End annual display of hate over Twelfth, Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill challenges PSNI chief Hamilton

By Claire Williamson

Sinn Fein's leader at Stormont Michelle O'Neill has called for the PSNI to end the "annual display of hate" around the Twelfth of July celebrations.

The Sinn Fein MLA has called on the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton to take steps to stop burning of election posters and flags on Eleventh Night bonfires.

It comes as Sinn Fein's John Finucane reported to the PSNI that his election posters were placed on a bonfire.

Ms O'Neill said: "Once again, we have witnessed bonfires across the North being festooned with stolen Sinn Féin election posters, Irish national flags and other emblems.

"The theft and burning of posters from any party as well as flags, effigies and other symbols is not culture, it is a hate crime.

"I have written to the PSNI Chief Constable and told him it should be treated as such by the PSNI and appropriate steps taken.

"There is also a responsibility on unionist political parties and the loyal orders to show some leadership on this issue and end this annual display of hate once and for all."

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