Published Monday, 23 September 2013
Work on the painting, at Inverwood Court in Sydenham, had previously been suspended while behind the scenes talks took place.
But on Saturday, the new mural was finished with the gable wall now displaying a hooded gunman along with the Martin Luther King quote: 'Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed'.
Local people told UTV they would have preferred the image of football icon Best not to have been swapped for a paramilitary expression.
One person said: "I'm very disappointed. I think they owe George Best more than that to be honest and I think people are still living in the past.
A woman said: "I don't think they should have a gunman on the front of it. There's enough of that - leave it be."
Another person added: "George Best did more for Northern Ireland than a hooded gunman ever did."
There was a police presence in the area on Saturday as the mural went up. They say a large crowd of people gathered and local people told UTV some of them were covering their faces.
PUP councillor John Kyle said: "There are very real issues and problems within loyalist communities, there is a frustration and an anger and those need to be addressed.
"But painting hooded gunmen on the gable walls does not solve the problems or issues."
Meanwhile in another part of east Belfast the removal of 22 UDA murals is in progress.
Community leader Chalky White said: "Paramilitary murals are coming down and they are being replaced by what local residents want.
"That could be another George Best mural; it all depends on what comes out of workshops."
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