Lo calls for respect over bonfire poster

Published Monday, 07 July 2014
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Alliance MLA Anna Lo has asked those responsible for placing her election posters on bonfires to "show some respect".

Lo calls for respect over bonfire poster
Election posters of Anna Lo and Martina Anderson have been placed on a bonfire. (© Presseye)

The party said posters of the politician have appeared on bonfires in Bangor and Carrickfergus.

Ms Lo said she has no problem with people going to see bonfires over the Twelfth but called for the celebrations to take place respectfully.

"Burning Tricolors and posters of politicians is just beyond the pale," she told UTV.

"It's mutual respect. I have no problem with people celebrating the Twelfth with bonfires and I know they want their culture to be respected and I think that's the right thing to do, but really if they want people to respect their culture they need to respect other people's culture and religion as well."

Ms Lo, who recently said she will be leaving NI politics amid an upsurge of racially-motivated attacks, added that she fears some residents are scared to speak out about bonfires.

She continued: "Some of them are very close to people's homes and residents are maybe scared of speaking out, but there could be a lot of damage to the fabric of houses near the massive bonfires.

"People need to be very aware if they're celebrating the Twelfth to have respect for local residents and other people. Burning my poster, Martina's (Anderson, Sinn Féin MEP) poster and Tricolours really isn't showing respect for others and people really need to think again."

Daithí McKay MLA said a poster of his Sinn Féin colleague Martina Anderson has also appeared on the bonfire in the Bloomfield estate in Bangor and said this should be "treated as a hate crime".

He went on: "The appearance of Martina Anderson posters on a bonfire in Bangor is not surprising. I am quite sure that this will not be the only place where election posters will be burnt.

"These are hate crimes against sections of our community and should be treated as such."

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt called for the posters to be removed.

He added: "It is perfectly possible to celebrate one's cultural identity without having to resort to burning election posters or seeking to offend anyone else."

Police said they are working to resolve the situation.

A spokeswoman explained: "Police have been made aware of a number of election posters on a bonfire in the Northlands area of Carrickfergus.

"Discussions are ongoing with relevant agencies to progress a successful resolution".

© UTV News
Comments Comments
jimmy in stranraer wrote (208 days ago):
why should people show respect anna when you and your party showed no respect for their flag? you didnt care about the feelings of the loyalist people when you voted
Col smith in Larne wrote (209 days ago):
Surly these partys should have removed all of their elextion posters by now
North Antrim in North Antrim wrote (209 days ago):
Whilst it's rude at best, and perhaps very disrespectful at worst, placing poaters or other effigies on bonfires is surely trivial in comparison to the obvious environmental and health impacts of large scale combustion of tyres, pressure treated timber, etc? Once again, we demonstrate our collective inability to recognise what actually is important.
tony maronie in newcastle wrote (209 days ago):
Sarah in Belfast wrote (209 days ago):
Well said Ms Lo! Absolute disgrace! Respect is a 2 way street..... You want it then you need to earn it
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