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The Black March in San Diego, California

Nov-10-2010 at 06:58 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Dozens March to Protest the Massacre of Iraqi Christians in Baghdad
by Heather Myers, San Diego 6. Monday, November 8, 2010.
http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/story/Dozens-March-to-Protest-the-Massacre-of-Iraqi/h0SNPaxtjEu8moSjWH317A.cspx?rss=800

SAN DIEGO, California — Dozens of Iraqi-born Christians took to the streets of Downtown San Diego as part of a world wide protest. At least 60 people held signs asking the U.S. government to help protect Christians living in Baghdad.

The protest comes in the wake of the Oct. 31 massacre of 58 innocent churchgoers at the Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic Church in Baghdad. Terrorists linked to al qa eda Iraq took more than 100 Assyrian Christian hostages during a church mass. 58 hostages were killed, including two priests, pregnant women and children, and 75 wounded as the Iraqi police stormed the building.

Christian groups around the world mourned with the families of the victims of the attacks and strongly condemned the terrorists actions.

According to local Iraqi-born Americans, The Assyrian, Chaldean, Syriac and Aramean Christians have been a constant target of insurgents attempting to rid the country of the ancient community. They believe the Iraqi and American governments have stood by and done little to help.

"The United States has a responsibility to protect those people because ever since 2003 when the Iraq operations started, half of our people in Iraq which numbered almost a million have had to flee because of persecution," said Christina Ablahad, who took part in today's march.

Today's protest took part in several cities across the United States as well as Australia, England and Sweden.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

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» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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