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Political representives have united in condemning an internment bonfire in Newry tonight which had a Union Flag erected on top and several offensive slogans refering to victims campaigner William Frazer and his late father.

Commenting on Twitter Mr Frazer who was at the scene this evening claims he was stoned and his car bottled when he stopped to take a photograph.

The eighth of August marks the anniversary of the introduction of internment and several bonfires were blazing on the Newry skyline this evening.

Speaking about the bonfire with Union Flag and offensive comments on it Newry and Armagh MP, Mickey Brady said "Sinn Fein condemns the burning of flags, emblems, effigies and posters on bonfires. Such actions are hate crimes and must be eradicated.This so called anti-interment bonfire has nothing whatsoever to do with the legacy of internment. It is anti-republican, and does not celebrate any aspect of Irish national identity or cultural traditions. Those responsible are under no circumstances acting in the name of republicanism"

MLA Justin McNulty added his condemnation saying "Those responsible should be ashamed of themselves. In 2018 there can be no tolerance for such hate in our society.

An Internment night bonfire in Newry (File pic) Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
An Internment night bonfire in Newry (File pic) Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

"The SDLP's message is clear, these actions do not reflect the true meaning of what it means to be an Irish Republican, and I hope they are widely condemned."

Newry, Mourne and Down Councillor David Taylor has reported the incident to the police. “A multitude of hate crimes have been committed by the organisers of an internment bonfire erected at Parkhead, Newry and they should be roundly condemned for their sickening actions.

“Items placed on the bonfire reference victims’ campaigner William Frazer and his late father Bertie Frazer, who was murdered by the IRA. Other items direct highly offensive remarks towards HM The Queen and the RUC.

“The Frazer family have suffered greatly at the evil hands of Republicanism terrorism and it is completely unacceptable that they should have to tolerate this despicable behaviour."

Cllr Taylor added “These actions highlight that a sinister and threatening mindset continues to prevail within Republicanism and the bonfire organisers should be roundly condemned across the political spectrum." 

One of the first Newry men to be interned, Brian Patterson also took to Twitter to condemn the bonfire "Bonfires are polluting and antedeluvian. Two in Newry tonight are appalling, thick choking smoke from tyres. And the Frazer slogan is as evil as Martin McGuinness in a coffin effigy. As one of the first batch interned I say: Not in My Name"

 

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