Assyrian Christians demonstrate against Iraq war

This video is about persecution of Christians in Iraq.

From the Assyrian International News Agency:

Assyrians of Russia to Demand Protection for Iraqi Christians

Posted GMT 6-28-2007 15:4:56

On July 12 the Assyrians of Russia will hold a protest action with a demand to defend Christians of Iraq — Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syrians and Armenians — from a bloody genocide and ethnic cleansing. As co-chair of the youth wing of the Regional Moscow Assyrian national-cultural autonomy Nikolay Yukhanov told PanARMENIAN.Net, Assyrian Christians are the most vulnerable ethnic group that is subjected to planned extermination on their lands.

During the rally the Assyrians of Russia are going to protest appointment of Tony Blair UK envoy for the Near East. Mass rallies have been already organized in Sweden, Germany, UK, France and U.S. The Assyrian Diaspora throughout the globe decided to continue protests until a decision on protection of Iraqi Christians is taken. During the Moscow rally the initiators are planning to hand ultimatum to Iraqi Ambassador Abdulkarim Hashim Mostafa. The protestors will carry slogans “Christians of Iraq — victims of oil war“, “Stop genocide of Christians”, “Send Bush and Blair to Iraq as ordinary soldiers“.

The ultimatum reads, We demand

To ensure security of Christians of Iraq via replacing American and British soldiers by UN peacekeeping forces

To acknowledge the Assyrians (Chaldeans, Syryans) as native nationalities of Iraq, living on these lands from ancient times

To ensure the right for autonomy in Ninevian valley and other regions should be fixed and guaranteed by Constitutions of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, along with recognition of Syrians and natives of Iraq

To protect all cultural and religious centers in Iraq

To control the situation with Christian refugees and grant all of the possibility to return to Iraq

Christians are experiencing another genocide. According to the data provided by Aina agency, in April 2003 Christians made 8% (1.5 million) of the Iraqi population. Presently this figure is more than twice smaller. Over 33 churches were bombed. Thousands of Christian refugees flew to Syria and Jordan. Over a thousand of Christians were killed. Christians are executed everyday: priests are beheaded, women are raped. Religious extremists slaughter Christians who refuse to accept Islam or pay taxes.”

Successive British governments have deliberately misled Parliament over the 1915 Armenian genocide, a top lawyer has charged: here.


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    Call for peace in Iraq
    6:00AM Monday July 16, 2007

    A large group of people gathered in Aotea Square yesterday to call for peace in Iraq.

    Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter addressed the group, which included members of the Iraqi Christian community.

    The gathering was organised to appeal for the protection of Iraq’s Christian minority from persecution and to call for peace in the country.

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