Pictures: Unionist symbols burnt at republican bonfire

Unionist flags were set alight at the Divis internment bonfire
Unionist flags were set alight at the Divis internment bonfire

Unionist flags were burnt during a republican bonfire in north Belfast.

The bonfire was lit last night (Monday) at Divis Street.

The flames stretched high into the night sky

The flames stretched high into the night sky

Speaking in today’s News Letter, a Sinn Fein MLA had called on Belfast City Council, the PSNI and the Housing Executive to take a “zero tolerance” approach to an anti-internment bonfire in the New Lodge area.

Caral Ni Chuilin said the local community has been “let down” by a lack of action to protect residents around the old Victoria Barracks site.

“Those behind this bonfire, which is a magnet for anti-social behaviour, are sticking two fingers up to local residents,” she said.

Ms Ni Chuilin added: “Tyres have now been added to this bonfire in a built-up residential area and that will mean that homes will be exposed to toxic fumes.

The bonfire burns during the early hours of this morning

The bonfire burns during the early hours of this morning

“It’s imperative that the police and the courts deal with any instances of anti-social behaviour connected to this bonfire.”

There was a police presence in the area

There was a police presence in the area

The bonfire before it was set alight last night

The bonfire before it was set alight last night