NSW Ecumenical Council Endorses Peaceful Protest

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Fr Shenouda Mansour was only recently appointed as General Secretary of NSW Ecumenical Council and he has been very busy advocating for the Christians in Iraq during the crisis in Iraq.

In response to the attacks and uprooting of Iraq’s Christians from Mosul, namely the Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriac’s, the MAD “Make A Difference” organisation has taken the initiative to organise and implement a peaceful protest in support for the Iraqi Christians to coincide with the ‘worldwide protests, demand for action’ on Saturday August 2nd 2014.

The protest will demand United Nations intervention to stop the forced deportations of Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriac’s and other Christians from Mosul, through the implementation of on the ground aid and humanitarian assistance, international peacekeeping/protection forces and the setup of a ‘safe haven’ protection zone to safeguard these communities.

We call on all Australian Christian churches of all denominations, councils, human rights activists and media to attend this protest and rally in support of these beleaguered communities. We also call on all groups to raise awareness through their churches and organisations by announcing these events through mass, meetings and online through social media.

PROTEST INFORMATION

– Date: Saturday 2nd AUGUST 2014

– Where: MEETING AT SYDNEY CENTRAL TRAIN STATION AT 9AM

– DEPART:: ON FOOT ON ROUTE FROM CENTRAL STATION AT 10AM

– DURATION: 35 MINUTE WALK FROM CENTRAL TO FINAL DESTINATION ‘MARTIN PLACE’

– PROGRAM: PROTEST WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 11AM ONWARDS AND WILL CONCLUDE AT 1PM

(Route map attached)

SYMBOLS FOR PROTEST

Symbols to be used at protest include the Nazarene ‘N’ in Arabic (which means Christian) which was used to target and mark Christian homes in Mosul. We ask that all attending use this symbol in solidarity with Mosul Christians. Feel free to print out or create posters and shirts using this symbol.

MAD Media department contact:

– Emmanuel Brikha (Media Relations Officer)

Mobile: 0422 206 837

Email: MadMediaDept@yahoo.com.au

 

 

 


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