Residents of Bombay Street in Belfast describe how they were burnt out of their homes by loyalist mobs.
Bombay Street and Kashmir Road in Belfast are at the borderline between Protestant and Catholic areas and experience frequent violence, particularly around the twelfth of July.
Bombay Street is predominantly a Catholic residential area but is now deserted after it was destroyed by attackers armed with stones and petrol bombs.
One resident describes how they came under attack from loyalist mobs but received no protection from the police. However, those on the opposite side were supported by the 'B' Specials using guns.
From early afternoon Bombay Street residents had to defend themselves with stones and some unauthorised guns. The noise from these weapons frightened the opposition and they fled back over their borderline at Cupar Street.
Houses occupied by Catholics the previous day are now destroyed and it is difficult to estimate how many families have gone from the area. Children were evacuated at an earlier stage when residents saw trouble brewing in Cupar Street.
A woman adds,
All of these families here, well they haven’t anywhere to live now, you know, they’re living in schools, you know, church halls, that kind of thing.
She describes how the residents had to hide from snipers and escape for cover.
Neither the man nor the woman felt safer once the British troops arrived. They are not afraid to move back to the areas and hope to return in the future.
We’re not afraid to live.
The man would rather see Irish troops in the area because he thinks the British troops are more inclined to support the Protestants.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 August 1969. The reporter is Barry Linnane.