(AINA) -- The massacre of 58 Catholic Assyrians in a Baghdad church on October 31 has mobilized the Assyrian (also known as Chaldean and Syriac) community worldwide. A campaign to organize worldwide demonstrations, hosted on Facebook, has drawn 45,000 signatures in three days. The Facebook page is titled The March Against the Ethnic Cleansing of Iraq's Indigenous Christians.
The Assyrians of Iraq have suffered a low-grade genocide since June 26, 2004, the date of the first church bombing. 66 churches have been bombed since then and thousands have been murdered. Nearly 40% of the Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan are Assyrian, yet Assyrians only comprise 6% of the Iraq's populations.
The organizers of the demonstrations hope to deliver the following messages and demands from the Assyrian community in Iraq:
Demonstrations will be held at 12 PM local time on Monday, November 8 in the following locations (click to email the organizer):
More Information and contact details for each location is available on the Facebook page.
In Cairo, a candle light vigil, organized by Copts for Egypt, will be held on Monday at 6 PM at the Iraqi Embassy, to offer condolences to the families of martyrs and victims of the Church of Our Lady of Deliverance in Iraq. In Addition, United Copts of Britain announced it will participate in the Joint Remembrance Day Service to be held at the Holy Trinity Syriac Catholic Church in London on November 12.