The ACM endorses this event and will be actively participating. We encourage all to attend and for Australian-Egyptians in Sydney to bring along Australian & Egyptian flags and crosses. We will keep you updated.
In response to the purging of Iraqi Christians from Mosul, namely the Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs, the “Make A Difference” organization (MAD) has taken the initiative to organize and conduct a peaceful protest in support of Iraqi Christians to coincide with the ‘worldwide protests, demand for action’ on Saturday, 2 August 2014 in Sydney.
The protest will demand, among other things, the United Nations urgently intervene to:
(i) stop the forced displacement of Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs and other Christians from Mosul and areas controlled by ISIS through the deployment of international peacekeeping forces;
(ii) setup a ‘safe haven’ protection zone to safeguard those vulnerable communities; and
(iii) provide immediate on the ground aid and humanitarian assistance to address the growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq and neighbouring regions.
We call on Australian Christians of all denominations, human rights activists, media, elected officials, and all individuals concerned about the welfare of Iraq’s imperiled minorities to attend this protest and rally in support of these beleaguered communities. We also urge people to raise awareness of the plight of Iraqi Christians and to communicate this protest to their friends, colleagues, sympathetic individuals, churches and other relevant organisations, whether through mass, meetings or online social media.
As the lives of Iraqi Christians remain imperil, we need to take a stand that our leaders cannot ignore. We need to demonstrate to our leaders how deeply this issue affects us all. We need to communicate to the world that the international community must take swift and decisive action to bring an end to oppression and injustice. We must raise our voices and say we will not be satisfied until we see the human rights of Iraqi Christians respected and protected. Each and every voice counts. Make your voice count!
– AUGUST 2ND 2014
– MEETING AT SYDNEY CENTRAL TRAIN STATION AT 9AM
SYMBOLS FOR PROTEST
Symbols to be used at protest include the Nazarene ‘N’ in Arabic (which means Christian). ISIS marked homes in Mosul with this symbol in order to identify Christians who were subject to ISIS’s ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay ‘Jizya’ or die. We ask and encourage all those who will be attending this protest to display this symbol in solidarity with Iraqi Christians. Feel free to print out or create posters and shirts using this symbol.
ACM RELIEF FUND
The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd (ACM) has established a relief fund to provide much needed assistance to displaced Iraqi Christians. Proceeds will be sent to local Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac community organisations that are overseeing the relief effort to provide displaced Iraqi Christians with basic necessities. To make a contribution to relief fund, please direct funds via online transfer to the following account:
Account name: The Australian Coptic Movement Association (Ltd)
BSB Number: 032-273
Account Number: 317405
Contributions to this relief fund are tax-deductible for Australian donors. To request a receipt, please email email@example.com with details of your transfer.
The Australian Coptic Movement Association