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The Black March in Australia

Nov-15-2010 at 05:51 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Assyrians Rally in Australia in Support of Iraqi Christians

Assyrians Rally in Australia in Support of Iraqi Christians
by Assyrian Universal Alliance. November 8, 2010.

As a result of continued bombing, killing and forced displacement directed towards our Assyrian people in Iraq, the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) Australian Chapter joined the public rally organised by the Iraqi Christian groups on Saturday 6th November 2010 to condemn the Barbaric attack on the Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic Church in Baghdad. The attack happened during worship services on October 31, 2010 and claimed the lives of numerous innocent parishioners and priests.

During the protest Mr. Hermiz Shahen, the regional Secretary of Australia and New Zealand read the AUA condemnation letter on behalf of the Assyrian Universal Alliance and Mr. David David made a statement on behalf of the Assyrian Australian National Federation . The protest was joint buy all Iraqi Christian denomination and few political parties.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of the parishioners and Reverent fathers who lost their lives during this horrific attack and to the Assyrian nation worldwide. May almighty God rest their souls in peace. Let this martyrdom be a reminder to our people, particularly our churches, to stand shoulder to shoulder in defending our nation.

Assyrian Universal Alliance- Australian Chapter
PO Box 34
Fairfield NSW 1860 Australia

Tel: (02) 9823 5340
Fax: (02) 9610 2499
Mobile: 0407 235349


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1. Hundreds protest Iraq's Christian killings

Nov-16-2010 at 11:21 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Hundreds protest Iraq's Christian killings
by Belinda Merhab. Australian Associated Press (AAP). November 16, 2010 at 6:39PM

(AAP) — Bearing bloodied crucifixes and photos of murdered children, hundreds of protesters have gathered in Sydney to demand the Australian government helps persecuted Christians in Iraq.

A sea of Assyrian and Iraqi flags waved through Martin Place on Tuesday, as about 500 protesters chanted "stop the violence, stop the killing".

Christians in Iraq have been systematically attacked by Islamic militants since the 2003 coalition-led invasion of Iraq and the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime.

On Wednesday, three Christians were killed and 26 wounded when their homes were bombed in Baghdad.

Last month, 58 Christians, including children and priests, were murdered during evening mass when their Syrian Catholic church in Baghdad was stormed by al-Qaeda linked militants.

The massacre was re-enacted on Tuesday by a group of young people who lay on the concrete covered in fake bloody wounds in front of photos of the murder victims.

Rally organiser Raymond Elishapour said the Australian government must intervene before the Christian minority, many of whom have fled Iraq to neighbouring Jordan and Syria, is "completely wiped out".

"Ever since 2003 with the invasion of the Coalition of the Willing, the Australians, the UK and the Americans, many forces have mobilised against (the Christians) to try and wipe them out," Mr Elishapour told AAP.

"Before the invasion, there was 1.2 million (Christians) there. Now, they've been reduced to 300,000 and 400,000.

"Give it another year or so, they'll be completely wiped out.

"We are contending that this is genocide, and Australia, as the invading force, has a responsibility to these people."

Mr Elishapour said the war had breathed new life into groups that had been suppressed under Saddam's regime.

Fundamentalist Islamic groups are now trying to "ethnically cleanse" indigenous minority groups such as the Syriacs, Assyrians and Chaldeans because they are Christians and are not Arabs, Mr Elishapour said.

"There are many people there that are not only being wiped out but who want to seek asylum on Australian shores that are being subjected to long bureaucratic processes," he said.

"They're being caught up in violence that they can't escape.

"Australia is liable because they were involved in causing the destabilisation (in Iraq) that has aggravated the circumstances for these people.

"There's a very legitimate fear of violence and death for those people and they shouldn't be made to wait."

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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

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» 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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