The DUP MLA said, “For anyone to make light of Hamas terrorism in such a way is beyond belief. For someone to walk around the city centre like this in broad daylight also raises questions about the level of stewarding and police presence in the area at the time. Indeed, such is the grotesque nature, it is hard to believe the photograph is authentic. It is important the authenticity of the photograph is determined, and a full investigation carried out if the photo is real.
To dress in such a way is the glorification and celebration of a terrorist organisation. This will be a test of both the strength of the law around such issues and the will to take forward a prosecution. It is important that people attending the event who may have other footage or information should share this with the police to assist with their investigations.
Unfortunately, there were other incidents during the parade of participants displaying Palestinian flags. The Halloween celebrations in the city are supposed to be non-political but some people appear to have gone out of their way to cause controversy. I have raised this with Council officers and will be requesting further information as to what action is being taken by the organisers against those involved.”