Hanna expresses frustration at the erection of paramilitary flags in South Belfast
The MLA for South Belfast said:
“Paramilitary flags are a throwback to the type society we are trying to leave behind. South Belfast is a diverse community and an example of what a reconciled society across the Northern Ireland can look like.
“Paramilitary flags are not a display of culture, they are an attempt at a show of strength and are put up to incite and divide.
“The SDLP unequivocally condemn the erection of paramilitary flags, it is high time we got off this hamster wheel of having to deal with this issue year in year out.
"These flags, much like the proscribed organisations they illustrate, belong in the past. Political representatives cannot equivocate or mince their words on this, and those linked to paramilitary groups who last month told us they wanted to “fully support the rule of law” have a perfect opportunity to show leadership and that they really mean it."