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Assyrians in Sweden support Iraq's Christians

Nov-25-2010 at 09:55 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Last edited on 11/25/2010 at 10:04 AM (UTC3 Assyria)
SWEDISH: Kristna irakier demonstrerade på lördagen vid Götaplatsen mot våldsdåden mot kristna i Irak. Bild: Jonas Lindstedt

ENGLISH: Christian Iraqis demonstrated on Saturday at Götaplatsen against acts of violence against Christians in Iraq. Photo: Jonas Lindstedt

Stop the ethnic cleansing in Iraq
by Björn Hansson (bjorn.hansson < a t>

Stoppa morden på de kristna i Irak!

Det var en av parollerna under lördagens manifestation i Göteborg mot den etniska rensning som pågår i landet.

Relaterat Related Med utgångspunkt från Götaplatsen där Marika Palmgren talade i biskopens ställe, Jalal Gargari talade för de irakiska partierna i Sverige liksom politikerna Annelie Enochsson (KD), Eva Olofsson (V) och Fouad Racho (KD) tågade de sedan Avenyn ner för att avsluta med en minnesstund i Domkyrkan.

- Det kom fler och fler efter hand och till slut var vi över tusen personer, säger Josef Garis, ordförande i det assyriska distriktet i Göteborg.

Demonstrationen utlystes sedan våldet mot de kristna i Irak eskalerat den senaste tiden. I slutet av oktober dödades ett 50-tal personer när en islamistisk grupp trängde in i en kyrka i Bagdad mitt under pågående högmässa och så sent som i onsdags dödades sju vid angrepp mot kristnas hus och företag.

- Det är oskyldiga människor som straffas för USA:s krig, säger Garis.

De får med sina liv betala för vreden bland muslimska fundamentalister.

- De kristna behöver ett akut fysiskt skydd.

Det räcker inte med vackra ord i en grundlag.

Bland parollerna fanns också ett krav att kristna flyktingar från Irak skulle få amnesti och uppehållstillstånd och inte skickas tillbaka.

Ungefär 80 000 assyrier bor i Sverige, många av dem är nu mycket oroliga för kvarvarande vänner.

Före det första Irakkriget på 90-talet uppgick antalet kristna i Irak till omkring två miljoner; i dag är en knapp tredjedel kvar i landet.

(Google English translation of Swedish article)

Stop the killings of Christians in Iraq!
by Bjorn Hanson (bjorn.hansson < a t>

It was one of the slogans during Saturday's demonstration in Gothenburg against the ethnic cleansing underway in the country.

Based on Götaplatsen where Marika Palmgren spoke of the bishop's place, Jalal Gargari spoke for the Iraqi political parties in Sweden as well as politicians Anne Enochsson (KD), Eva Olofsson (V) and Fouad Racho (KD) marched since the Avenue down to finish with a memorial service in the Cathedral.

- There were more and more over time and finally we were over a thousand people, "said Joseph Garis, chairman of the Assyrian district of Gothenburg.

The demonstration was organized since the violence against Christians in Iraq has escalated in recent times. In late October, killing some 50 people when an Islamic group broke into a church in Baghdad, midway morning service, and as recently as last Wednesday killed seven in attacks against Christian homes and businesses.

- There are innocent people punished for the U.S. war, "said Garis.

They may pay with their lives for the anger among Muslim fundamentalists.

- The Christians need an urgent security.

It is not enough beautiful words in the Constitution.

Among the slogans were also a requirement that Christian refugees from Iraq would get amnesty and residence permit and not returned.

Approximately 80 000 Assyrians living in Sweden, many of them are now very concerned about remaining friends.

Before the first Iraq war in the 90s, the number of Christians in Iraq to about two million, but today is just under a third remained in the country.


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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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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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