Assyrians Demonstrate Worldwide Against ISIS Persecution
Thousands of Assyrians held demonstration in major world cities today to support the Assyrians Christians of Mosul, who have been completely driven from the city by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Demonstrations were held in Sydney, London, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Jonkoping (Sweden) and other cities.
In all the demonstrations, the people wore a white shirt emblazoned with a red Arabic letter “noon”, which stands for the Arabic word for Christian (nasrani). Two weeks ago ISIS marked all Christian homes and institutions in Mosul with this letter to identify them as Christian, and wrote “property of the Islamic State” on most of them .
In Sydney over 6000 thousand people attended the demonstration.
In London 150 people joined the demonstration
In San Francisco more than 1,000 people turned out.
In New York 200 people attended.
The demonstrations were a result of a grassroots effort by Assyrians throughout the world and were organized and coordinated using social media.
The Islamic State captured the city of Mosul, Iraq on June 10. Almost immediately thereafter it began to drive Assyrians out of Mosul and destroy Christian and non-Sunni institutions.