Christian clergy call for demonstration in solidarity with Christians in Middle East

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The Assembly of Eastern Christian Churches are calling for Canadian Christians to demonstrate in solidarity with Christians facing religious persecution in Syria and Iraq.

Montrealers are demonstrating Sunday the 24th to protest the violence that is seeing hundreds of Christians dead and millions displaced in the Middle East.

There's an open invitation to participate in the demonstration, to all Canadians.

Catholics and Christians who have organized the demonstration are concerned for their compatriots in the Middle East hope to pressure the Canadian government to intervene in what they are calling a genocide.

Maro Akoury a volunteer handling communications for the Assembly says Christians can't sit idly by while those in Syria and Iraq perish.

"Our main objective is a rally from the heart, un cris to coeur," said Akoury, "we have to act."

Flags, candles, and crosses will be carried from St-Sauveur Cathedral to a candlelit vigil in Marcellin-Wilson Parc.

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