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Friday, 13 August 2010

Black Day Protest 11th August 2010

Stop the persecution!
Javaid Iqbal of Christian Social Link hands petition to Aftab Hussain Khan Head of Chancery at the Pakistani Embassy.
Reverend John Bosco and Edgar Money participate in Petition delegation
The BPCA written signboard clearly spells out what we are campaigning for!
A group shot of the amassed protesters.

The missing "C" in the word black indicates our christian family that failed to turn up at the event.
Although we can not be seen in the picture Ruby Akhtar, Wilson Chowdhry, Alex Chowdhry and Atiq Chowdhry from the BPCA were all present.
Around 50 protesters joined to voice concerns about the inequality and persecution that makes life for minorities in Paistan intolerable.
Takeen with BPCA member Gerald Singh (at least one of us was in the photos..ahem...)
I think the sign was meant to read stop the atrocities to Christians in Pakistan and was not meant to say Christians are an atrocity - ha ha!

The BPCA got behind Christian Link on their protest held on the 11th August 2010.  The event was a good success with estimations of around 50 people in attendance on short notice.  Both Alex Chowdhry and Wilson Chowdhry were invited to speak at the event and the BPCA provided placards and a banner for the event (our banner unfortunately is just outside the cropped images shown above). 

Wilson Chowdhry wrote a press release for Black Day 2 that was circulated to various media and resulted in Sunrise Radio and Premier Christian Radio interviews:

We held out a supportive hand to Christian Social link and many of you will recognise the cross in the pictures as the one used at all BPCA protests.  Wilson also provided 2 megaphones that were of great use as they amplified sound more significantly than those first used.  we are trying to create a spirit of cooperation and hope that other churches and associations recognise the need to work in a more harmonious manner.

We connected with new members of the Pakistani Christian family at the event and are looking forward to forging a strong relationship with them.  Moreover, we have completed some petitions at the event and are going top send them by post to the UK Prime Minister and Pakistan High Commission with a letter requesting a response to our concerns.

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