Alliance Strangford MLA, Kellie Armstrong has branded as disgusting the group of people pictured dressed as the KKK in Newtownards.
This past weekend a group of people dressed up as Klu Klux Klan members and posed for a photograph outside the local Islamic prayer house.
The local Alliance MLA said: “Everyone knows exactly what the KKK stands for. The KKK represents a brand of hatred not wanted or welcome in the area. This group did not simply dress up for Halloween, rather they deliberately posed outside the prayer house in Newtownards. This is a clear demonstration of aggression and bullying towards one particular religion and that is a hate crime. These people were then photographed brazenly walking around Newtownards.”
“I call on the PSNI to review CCTV to identify which bars this group visited. I call on all the bars in Newtownards to contact the PSNI to help identify these people. Racism, religious intolerance and bullying of a minority group is disgusting and illegal. Anyone with information should contact the PSNI by calling 101. Let’s stamp out hate in our area once and for all.”