General Election

Anti-John Finucane banners 'a hate crime', claims Sinn Féin

A banner about the Finucane family on Mayo Street in west Belfast. Picture by Cliff Donaldson

BANNERS about Sinn Féin's North Belfast general election candidate John Finucane and his family are a hate crime, Sinn Féin has said.

Several banners have been put up across the city attacking Mr Finucane and his family, including his late father Pat who was murdered by the UFF, a loyalist group with links to the UDA, in February 1989.

One of the signs has been put up on Mayo Street off the Shankill Road in west Belfast.

The party said it and Mr Finucane have reported the banners as hate crimes.

North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said the banners were an attempt to incite hatred and should be taken down.

"The banners inciting people to hatred should be removed immediately and those responsible should be prosecuted," he said.

"These banners have been erected against a backdrop of threats from loyalist paramilitaries against the UUP, Sinn Féin posters being taken down by masked men and the deafening silence of the DUP.

"The attacks on John Finucane are an attack on the wider democratic process.

"The DUP must break its silence on these attacks, defend the democratic process and support the police in taking action against those responsible."

The DUP has been contacted for comment.

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