Published Friday, 11 July 2014
The bonfire at Ballycraigy in Antrim. (© Pacemaker)
It comes after a picture of the effigy with a reference to Mr Adams was posted on the Facebook page for the bonfire on Friday.
The party leader has asked his solicitor to report it to the PSNI as a hate crime and he has called on the Orange Order and Facebook to ensure its "immediate removal."
The former west Belfast MP has described the move as "deeply offensive and a clear hate crime by those responsible".
"The Orange Order claims that bonfires are an important part of protestant culture and should be welcoming to families," he said.
"What happens at Orange events is clearly the responsibility of the Orange Order.
"The figure of a lynch victim on a bonfire is not a welcoming sight for anyone. This is a disturbing escalation of sectarian and hate crime.
"The Orange Order must take immediate steps to have it removed."
Reacting to Mr Adam's comments, an Orange Order spokesman said: "The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland does not organise bonfires; however, we would urge those involved to act responsibly."
Police are aware of numerous items, some of which can only be described as distasteful, that have been placed on bonfires in a number of parts of Northern Ireland. Police are liaising with local community representatives in relation to these incidents.
There was political condemnation earlier in the week after election posters of Alliance's Anna Lo and Sinn Féin's Martina Anderson were put on bonfires.
Reacting to news that that further posters have appeared, SDLP Belfast Councillor Kate Mullan said that the action "only underlines the deep rooted tensions that exist in our society".
"Over the last number of it has been shocking to see the posters of political representatives appear on bonfires. Burning political posters cannot be seen as an expression of anyone's culture," she said.
"I would call on the PSNI, unionist political and community representatives to use their influence to ensure all posters are removed from bonfires."
While Alliance Belfast Councillor Laura McNamee has condemned those responsible for an offensive banner about her colleague Anna Lo that appeared on a bonfire in Orangefield Park in east Belfast.
"I am appalled by those responsible for this racist banner that has been placed on this bonfire. I am deeply offended that my Alliance Party colleague and indeed members of other political parties, have been targeted in this manner.
"I hope this banner is removed before it is set on fire. This is a hate crime which is grossly disrespectful to a hard-working elected representative who seeks to represent all sections of our community."
Bonfires are lit on the eve of the Twelfth of July, ahead of the main day of Orange parades to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Boyne.
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