SINN Féin Foyle MP Elisha McCallion has condemned the placing of posters on a bonfire in Derry as a hate crime.
The former Mayo for of Derry said:
“The placing of posters in support of Derry man Tony Taylor, who is currently imprisoned, on a loyalist bonfire in Derry is wrong and should be treated as a hate crime.
“The appearance of these posters on a bonfire in the Nelson Drive area of the city has been reported to the PSNI.
“No posters or flags should be burned on bonfires in this way.
“I would call on those in positions of leadership in communities to act to bring an end to this activity.”
Derry republican Tony Taylor has spent over 500 days locked up in Maghaberry prison on the word of MI5 spooks who had former Secretary of State Theresa May have returned to jail.
She was told that he had breached the terms of his release licence but what that breach was has never been publicly disclosed.
His lawyers have argued that the alleged breaches should be brought back to the sentencing judge and let him determine if Taylor’s licence should be revoked.
Earlier this week, as part of Féile 2017, a vigil was held at Free Derry Wall calling for the release of Tony Taylor.
Roisin Barton and Lorraine Taylor spoke at the vigil.
George Galloway joined those at the vigil prior to speaking at an event in Pilots Row.