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Assyria: Assyrians Demonstrate in Washington, D.C.

June 12, 06

Helen Talia
Chicago (reporting from Washington, D.C.)

by Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization


A united Chaldo Assyrian Suryani front confronted the Iraqi government on its latest resolution to eliminate what the Assyrian Democratic Movement has worked for more than 27 years to establish, which is to be recognized as equal citizens, among other minorities in Iraq. Reminder... 'Al Rafidain' - Slate #740 won two consequtive elections in Iraq's primary election, electing Mr. Younadam Kanna, Secretary General of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, as their representative in Iraq's National Parliamant. Today, by dismissing the word Assyrian, Chaldean, and even Syriac, the Iraqi government has moved to recognize these minorities as Christians only, by extension stripping them from their national identity and eliminating their legislation powers from the Iraqi parliamant, hence their ability to play an integral role in Iraq's law making processes.
An approximate 600 believers marched the streets of Washington, D.C. on June 7th, as buses unloaded from primarily Chicago, followed by Detroit, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Canada, and from the East Coast states. The marchers, carrying everything from flags of United States, Iraq, Assyria, Assyrian Democratic Movement, to bearing their hearts and souls, chanted slogans and national anthems in Assyrian, English, and Arabic, displaying strong emotions that prompted Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Samir al-Sumaidai, to leave his post and address the public, who at the time was chanting the famous Iraqi slogan "Bil Rouh, Bil Dam, Nahdelak Ya Iraq," translates: with soul, with blood, we give to you Iraq, giving a rise to the occasion which left many attendees in tears.

The message was simple, 'Treat Minorities in Iraq As Iraqi National Citizens.' Evidentally, this message was strong enough to be carried into the Iraqi embassy as Mr. al-Sumaidai personally welcomed several Assyrian digniteries: Dr. Adam Benjamin - Assyrian Democratic Movement, Reverend Aweqam Pithyou - Assyrian Church of The East, Mr. Aladin Khamis - President, Assyrian American National Federation, Mr. Michael Youash - Project Director for the Iraq Sustainable Democracy Project in Washington, D.C., Mr. Sheba Mando - President, Assyrian National Council of Illinois, along with Ashur TV Satellite, Assyrians Around the World, and TV Shrara - California. The results were favorable and sources confirmed that Iraq's ambassador was moved by the demonstrating crowd as he welcomed Iraq's minorities to both, voice their demands, and submit an official proposal to move the Iraqi government to un-do its last resolution, removing nationalistic representation of the ChaldoAssyrians Suryani people.

Next, the crowd was moved from the Iraqi Embassy to the U.S. Capitol to send President George Bush and his administration a message about his foreign policies and the treatment of minorities in Iraq, or lack of. Supposedly the United States went to rescue the Iraqi people (as a whole) from persecution under Saddam Hussein's tyrranical regime and to establish democracy in Iraq. But in the process, and in addition to the collateral damage inflicted on the land and the country's infrastructure, some people went under, going from a sub-culture to no-existent within Iraq. The United States's foreign policy in anything but neutral, backing up one people, and isolating another; publicly opening the gate wide enough for the Kurds in the north to destroy human and animal life alike, forcing villagers to abandon their homes and flee the country... downsizing minorities in Northern Iraq.

"Obviously, the United States policymakers have larger issues to worry about than to what's happening to a relatively small community," said one demonstrator Slewo Oshana. This was evident when a representative from the Kurdistan Democratic Party who was visiting the Iraqi embassy in Washington, D.C. on this day, resented the allegations made by the ChaldoAssyrian Suryanis, denying their claims against the KDP, who in recent events have flexed their muscles far enough to impose on the villagers in the Nineveh, Mosul region to join the Kurdistan Democratic Party in order to employ in any government or municipality offices. Isn't it ironic that the Kurds have cried wolf for years to the world about Saddam's treatment of their people, who in turn have done, if not the same, worse to another people.

The Assyrians are a dominant race, whose culture and literacy has spanned for more than five thousand years, and the world has not heard the last from us. We defy all conditions that limit us recognition as people of origins in Iraq. We reject subjectivity to the Kurdistan Democratic Party. We demand representation as people of national origins by our elected representatives.

 

 

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