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Protestors in Madrid ask the government to take action. 135 Spaniards have joined Daesh in Syria this year.
The persecution of Christians has worsened significantly in the last years. According to Open Doors’ annual report, there are 150 Million Christians suffering because of their faith.
Although many European governments have reacted to the refugee crisis, there is still not much talk about one of the reasons why many have to flee their homes, their Christian faith.
About 250 evangelical Christians denounced the lack of commitment of the government in a demonstration on Saturday 25 November, in front of Sapnish Foreign Ministry, in Madrid.
“We are here to say: No more silence! We ask the Spanish government and the Foreign Ministry to denounce the situation of the persecuted Christians because of their faith, to the European Union and to global organisations like the United Nations”, said the representative of the Evangelical Council of Madrid in a message.
The violence against Christians “is not only unjust, but also clearly undermines the Human Rights we have invoked in so many other situations.”
Many participants held banners which read: “No more killings!” “No more churches set on fire.” Others were wearing the Arab “Nazarene” symbol, which refers to the Syrian and Iraqi Christians.
Ted Blake, director of Open Doors in Spain, also put the focus on those persecuted in Nigeria by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.
The participants spent time to pray in groups for the Persecuted Church.
According to new data revealed by the Spanish Defence Ministry, at least 135 people have left Spain to join Daesh in Syria this year. About thiryt of them would have returned to the country.