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Man dressed in Ku Klux Klan costume pictured at loyalist flute band Halloween party

By John Mulgrew

A shocking image of a man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan costume at a loyalist flute band Halloween party has appeared on social media.

The photograph shows a man wearing the disturbing costume, pictured beside a woman.

It was reportedly taken at the Lanarkshire Loyalist Flute Band "Culture Day" on Saturday night, according to the Daily Record.

A statement on the 'Lanarkshire Loyalist F.B' Facebook page said:

"Lanarkshire loyalist fb are saddened to hear of an article that has appeared on the daily record web page this evening regarding some photos taken at our culture day / halloween party these photos were not ment to offend or hurt anyone and we sincerely apologise to anyone who has been offended"

Edward Hyde, Grand secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland told Irish Central:

"What I have seen gives us great concern. It’s unacceptable in any form – the Orange Order would distance itself from anything of that sort.

Earlier this year a Ku Klux Klan flag was erected in east Belfast.

The blue 'New Order Knights' flag was pictured flying from a lamppost off Island Street in Ballymacarrett.

It displayed the words "Ku Klux Klan"- an emblem which clearly denotes racism and white supremacy.


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