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Vigils in 25 Swiss towns for persecuted Christians

Around 1,000 people joined silent protests on the same evening. “The fate of those persecuted for their faith should not leave us cold”.

SOURCES Christian Solidarity International, Livenet.ch AUTHOR Evangelical Focus BERN 26 DECEMBER 2019 13:00 h GMT+1
The vigil for persecuted Christians in Thun, Switzerland, on 12 December 2019. / CSI Switzerland

Christians in 25 towns of Switzerland and one in France joined silent protests on December 12.



At 6p.m. they gathered in public places to denounce the lack of religious freedom and violence against Christians in countries such as India, Nigeria and Iran.



“The fate of those persecuted for their faith should not leave us cold”, the Swiss group Christian Solidarity Inernational (CSI) said.



 



Vigil in Wetzikon. / CSI Switzerland



According to news website Livenet.ch, passers-by were encouraged to join the vigils, and were offered candles. Signs read: “Let’s stop persecution of faith”, “Freedom for the prisoners because of faith in Iran”, “Protect Christians in Nigeria” and “Religious freedom for everyone”.



 



Vigil in Lausanne. / CSI Switzerland



John Eibner of CSI thanked all those who took part in this annual Christmas public action across Switzerland, and added: “The vigils are also an appeal to our government and the new parliament, that they stand with a renewed strength for religious freedom – especially in countries where Switzerland has strong political and financial interests, such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, India or China”.



 



The vigil in Buchs. / CSI Switzerland



2012 was the first year this action was organised, with vigils in Zurich, Bern and Luzern.



Since then, the action had spread to cities and towns including Basel, Thun, Köniz, Brugg, Frauenfeld, Sankt Gallen, Lausanne, Fribourg and Strasbourg (France).


 

 


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Editor@CSI
31/12/2019
09:30 h
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This article refers to a vigil organised by Christian Solidarity International (CSI). It is completely incorrect to refer to CSI as "the Swiss branch of Christian Solidarity Worldwide". Please see the CSI press release on the vigil (in French): https://csi-suisse.ch/article/1-000-participants-dans-26-localites-une-impressionnante-solidarite-aux-veillees-silencieuses-de-csi/
 
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Joel Forster
31/12/2019
10:23 h
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Thank you very much for letting us now. We have now corrected the infromation. Greetings!
 



 
 
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