OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - Palm Sunday in 13 Australian cities with the banner of peace, non violence and disarmament

Friday, 30 March 2007

Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - Prayer and watching, colourful parades, words and songs for peace and non-violence and universal brotherhood: all over Australia Palm Sunday will be a great day for peace. The country’s 13 principal cities have planned an intense carnet of events, spectacles, celebrations, conferences, parades, street campaigns. All under the banner of peace, dialogue among civilisations, non-violence, “no” to war, nuclear weapons, and economic or politically motivated conflicts which cause immense suffering to thousands of men, women and children.
This great demonstration for peace will involve the people of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Hobart, Alice Springs, Kempsey, Newcastle, Parramatta, Palm Beach, and other places in the states of the Australian Federation. The organisation is promoted by a Forum of 92 civil society movements and associations including the Australian Catholic Social Justice Commission sponsored by the Catholic Bishops’Conference, and many Catholic associations and religious congregations.
The associations intend to promote awareness in a large portion of the population, especially young people, always enthusiastic about the ideals of peace and universal brotherhood. Posters and coloured leaflets have been widely distributed in the cities of Australia. Foreseen also media intervention with TV and radio links to report on peace demonstrations all over the national territory. Among other things the Forum wants Australia to explicitly renounce nuclear weapons, and calls on the government to free the nation of the pro-nuclear policies of the United States. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 30/3/2007 righe 26 parole 268)