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Friday, 15 February 2013

2nd March Protest Press Release


On Saturday 2nd March, the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) will be holding a protest outside the Pakistani Embassy and 10 Downing Street to raise the plight of Christians and other minorities in Pakistan, especially concerning the blasphemy law.  The event is being held in memory of Shahbaz Bhatti, the assassinated Catholic government minister who was slain by Muslim extremists 2 years ago for publicly opposing the blasphemy law and standing up for the rights of minorities. 
The BPCA’s chairman, Wilson Chowdhry said :

‘Once more we are calling on all Christians and other good-hearted people to come and show their trenchant opposition to the oppression and genocide that is ongoing and worsening in Pakistan today.  It isn’t just extremists, but the state and police are also complicit in the systematic suppression of a wide range of minority communities, Christians, Sikhs, Hindu’s, Ahmahdi’s and others.  People may debate whether Pakistan is a terrorist state, but for its minority members it is absolutely and undeniably a terrorist society, and the state is a major part of the problem.’

The event starts off outside the Pakistani Embassy in Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge with a worship service at 11am, and protests 12 noon to 1pm.  After lunch the protest resumes at 2pm outside 10 Downing Street, followed by a 3 hour peace rally and concert in Trafalgar Square at 3pm featuring a number of musicians, as well as speakers of all faiths and creeds, including Imam Hargey of Oxford, Church of England Synod member Allison Ruoff, as well as various human rights groups and a Christian asylum seeker from Pakistan.

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