Anna Lo MLA said: “I am very angry at the disruption caused by these despicable alerts. I am also appalled at the attacks on police in Derry last night.
“There is a very worrying trend of alerts and attacks on police around Northern Ireland, and we must ensure that thugs cannot impinge upon the everyday lives of everyone else.
“These alerts in South Belfast have caused a team hassle for commuters, shoppers and businesses in the run up to the most important time of the year for our retail industry.
“Those involved in the business of fear and violence can never and will never win. People have a duty to work with police to catch thugs and take them off our streets.”