» 12/26/2007, 00.00
Orissa: terror on Christmas Day as fundamentalists kill three people, set 13 Churches on fire
Hindu nationalist organisation Viśva Hindū Parişad tries to stop Christians from celebrating Christmas. Their long list of violent acts includes attacks against the police.
Upper castes behind anti-Christian violence in Orissa
The executive secretary of the Church’s Commission on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes argues that the upper castes are using a religious pretext to advance their political goals, namely keeping the marginalised in ignorance and poverty so as to continue to exploit them.
Day of prayer and fasting for Christians in Orissa, together with Hindus and Muslims
In many cities, Hindu religious representatives have condemned the violence against Christians in Orissa. Cardinal Vithayathil calls the day a sign of a "new era": the Christians have responded to the violence with nonviolence, following the teaching of Jesus.
Lalji Nayak, martyr for the faith in Orissa
With a knife pressed to his throat, threatened with death, he did not renounce his Christian faith. But there are others who, under threat, have been forced to convert to Hinduism. Injured Christians attacked even in the hospital. Three more villages attacked in the district of Kandhamal. The missionaries of Mother Teresa want to return to take care of leprosy and tuberculosis patients.
Sangh Parivar wants to remove every Christian trace in Orissa
Christians are not allowed to pray even in government-run refugee camps. The ground on which homes and churches once stood are taken over and “cleansed” of every trace of violence. Hindus tell raped nun to marry her rapist. The hue and cry is still on for Christians.
Orissa: Christians hunted at Christmas, police fail to intervene
More than a month later, the situation is still uncertain in many areas, and curfews are still in effect. Witnesses denounce the premeditated and organised attacks by hundreds of Hindu extremists, which for at least three days devastated entire villages, with no intervention from the police.
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