Racist groups are not welcome in South Belfast communities.
This is the message from local Green Party candidates, who have said the appearance of National Front materials in the Village area is not representative of the views of local residents.
Mark Simpson, Green candidate for the Balmoral constituency of Belfast City Council, said: “It is disappointing to see National Front stickers in the Village, but it will take more than one person with a roll of stickers to undo the good work being done in the area.
“Residents and community groups have worked hard to shed the negative image of the Village held by some outsiders. A few isolated events in years gone by have been too easily depicted as the norm when the reality is that people from all over the world live peacefully side by side in the Village and in the wider South Belfast area.”
Clare Bailey, the party’s candidate for the Belfast South Assembly constituency, added: “Groups like the National Front know they have no support, which is why they are putting stickers on streetlights instead of contesting elections.
“The Green Party has a proud record of standing up against the far right in England and will do the same here. All sections of the community must stand together to create a better future, sowing division can only take us backwards.”