Syrian Christians for reform and against interference - Mor Gregorios of Aleppo
Mor Gregorios of Aleppo visiting Germany warns of civil war long ago - "It's possible that Syria is the second Lebanon after 1975"
Hamburg (KAP), the Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, at a panel discussion in Hamburg pointed out that Christians and other minorities would be tolerated by the government Assad. "We are not persecuted," he said. "I doubt that anyone can give me an example of a country where there is a greater religious tolerance than in Syria." During the panel discussion at the Catholic Academy in Hamburg, it was Syria among others came because of the statements of the Metropolitan on Monday evening to tumultuous scenes.
The Syrian church leaders insisted that the Christians in Syria "wholeheartedly" supported all peaceful demonstrations and protests, demanding "reforms at all levels". He, however, protest against any foreign intervention, "We do not need any interference from anyone." The Metropolitan warned of a protracted civil war: "It is possible that Syria is the second Lebanon after 1975."
The speakers were repeatedly interrupted by catcalls and whistles from the audience room of more than 200 participants. Also on the podium went to high waves of excitement. The two Syrian guests grabbed at her sharply, with a deep disagreement in the assessment of the situation became clear in her home. Bassam Ishak, Speaker of the Syrian National Council, disagreed with the Metropolitan and emphasized that Christians in Syria were subjected to cruel persecution. They would in particular be suppressed and economically isolated, for example, on access to land and jobs.
The Human Rights Commissioner of the German branch of "missions" (Pontifical Mission Societies), Otmar Oehring, pointed to Syrian fears of a power vacuum that could be certain forces like the Muslim Brotherhood take advantage. Iraq had fighters from Afghanistan in the country for unrest and chaos caused would. "However, it is unacceptable that many church people - even from the Catholic sector - the regime of Assad praise and praise," said Oehring.
Steinbach said that Syria stands at only part of the company behind the revolt. Fears are high that Islamist forces could seize power. The Muslim Brothers are but not radical Islamists.
The Metropolitan of Aleppo had recently called a "Christian Orient Information" published by the magazine appeal to the warring factions to renounce violence, murder and destruction, leading to a "dialogue in an atmosphere of national unity." He warned against divisive tendencies, civil war and foreign intervention.