Published Monday, 19 August 2013
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Racist graffiti was daubed on the walls and a window and door pane were also broken at the house on Wayland Street, off the Castlereagh Road at around 1am on Monday.
The 27-year-old man renting the house has been living in Belfast for eight years, but had only been in the property for a few days before the incident happened.
The Nigerian national returned on Monday morning to inspect the damage.
"It feels horrible," he told UTV. "I've been living in Belfast for eight years and I've never experienced anything like this before, it's scary to be honest."
He said he wants to move out immediately as he fears further attacks.
"Ever since I moved here, I have been working every day - to experience something like this it just makes you want to move out. They should be ashamed of themselves," he said.
Being a black human person living in Belfast, if that's a crime, that's the only crime I've committed.
Victim of racist attack
Ezekiel Johnson, from the African and Carribean Support Organisation, lives in the same area and said he has never experienced any trouble.
"I'm very shocked that something like this has happened, especially to somebody who has just moved into the area," he said.
"It's very worrying, attacks of this nature, make you think twice about living in certain areas of Belfast.
"With the issue of multiculturalism and shared space being drummed about the place, it's very worrying to see things like this happening."
The Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM) has strongly condemned the attack.
"Racism of any kind has no place in the building of a shared society," Executive Director Patrick Yu said.
"I urge community leaders to work together to fight racism and any kind of discrimination of this kind. No one deserves to be attacked because of who they are.
"This kind of violence is unacceptable."
This type of blatant intimidation must be stamped out.
Chris Lyttle, Alliance MLA
Reacting to the incident, Chris Lyttle, Alliance MLA for the area said: "Racist graffiti disgusts me and has absolutely no place in our society.
"I am sure local people will join me in condemning this incident and I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI as soon as possible.
"This type of blatant intimidation must be stamped out."
He added: "East Belfast is a vibrant place, open for businesses and a great place to live. We cannot allow this positive atmosphere to be damaged in such a way."
East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton said those responsible must be brought to justice.
"The vast majority of people in east Belfast will be ashamed that something such as this has occurred within their community and will stand together against those responsible," he said.
"This is not done in their name.
"I would hope anyone who may have witnessed those responsible will speak to the police and ensure that those responsible are apprehended as soon as possible."
Police are appealing for anyone who saw the attack being carried out to contact them.
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