August 1994 - ‘Have we a right to live here?’ ask Fountain residents

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Residents of the Fountain have issued a call to Nationalist politicians and community leaders to state openly that they have a right to live in their area.

The call follows the latest in a series of attacks by what they allege was a gang of Catholic youths. During the attack early on Sunday morning, six cars had their windscreens smashed and republican slogans were daubed on the doors and gables of some houses, mostly belonging to senior citizens. Residents have claimed that in all of the instances the attackers made their escape over the security barriers and into Bennett Street. Ulster Unionist councillor Richard Dallas said it was, “totally disgraceful the way the people of the Fountain have had to endure constant intimidation.”