The banner has been causing consternation for some residents of the London borough.
Residents of Hackney in east London have been somewhat perturbed in recent days by the appearance of a black flag featuring the letters ‘IS’ in white.
Could it be denoting support for Islamic State?
Is Donald Trump right when he says parts of Britain are to be considered “not safe places” in the wake of recent terror attacks?
Is Hackney now a stronghold of murderous Islamofascism, where support for Daesh is proudly displayed on council-sanctioned banners erected next to public highways?
Well, no, obviously not.
One comenter suggested the banner could in fact be saying “SI” to “offer general reassurance to Spanish visitors.”
But it is in fact part of a new ad campaign.
The sign was first shared on Facebook by Hacney resident Alan Wolfson, who said: “Hackney are draping banners around claiming it IS THE FASHION HUB. There’s no sign of the sequence of that sentence other than a solitary black flag with IS on it. Well done.”
However, a spokesman for Hackney Council told Metro that it wasn’t the council that had raised the banner, and it had nothing to do with them.
Hackney are draping banners around claiming it IS THE FASHION HUB. There’s no sign of the sequence of that sentence other than This solitary black flag outside Tesco with IS on it. Well done Hackney Council.
Posted by Alan Wolfson on Sunday, 27 March 2016
The confusion over the flag is reminiscent of a similar incident last June, when CNN reported that a Isis flag had been spotted being waved atLondon’s gay pride march.
However, the flag was a spoof, displaying what might politely be termed “sex toys” against a black background.
CNN journalist Lucy Pawle told viewers she had alerted police to the flag’s presence, saying: “This man dressed in black and white waving what appears to be a very bad mimicry of the Isis flag, but a clear attempt to mimic the Isis flag, the black and white flag with the distinctive lettering.”