A new political movement, the Assyrian Democratic Rally, has been formed in Syria in reaction to the dramatic plight of their fellow Christians in Iraq but also in reaction to the critical state of the Assyrian political movement, a founding statement said.
Regarding its programme, the new group will "base itself on solid patriotic and nationalistic principles" and in particular "loyalty to the Syrian nation." It goes on to say that the Assyrian community in Syria "is an integral and historic part of the national fabric, which must be recognised constitutionally."
The group underlines that Syria is a free and democratic nation and stressed the need to work together with all the various forces in the country, and NGOs to support the recobnition of the Assyrian community.
Assyrians in Syria complain about persecution and harrassment by the authorities there and appeal to them to respect the group's identity and customs.
In the 1950s, Christians in Syria made up 20 percent of the population but today make up less than 10 percent because of massive emigration abroad especially by the smallest communities, the Protestants, Syriacs and Assyrians.
The two main Syrian churches are the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic, while Assyrians make up a tiny minority of the overall Christian population in Syria.
AKILast Mod: 24 Haziran 2007, 11:38