- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 29, 2017

Demonstrators protested Wednesday against terrorism and the persecution of Christians outside the Qatari Embassy in Washington.

The president of the the National Black Church Initiative, which organized the protest, gave a speech accusing Qatar of promoting religious intolerance and hatred in the region, Breitbart News reported.

“I’m here standing in front of the embassy of Qatar to send a very clear message that what they’re doing to promote religious intolerance is wrong,” the Rev. Anthony Evans told the crowd. “What they’re doing to persecute Christians is wrong. And that we in the Black Church who have a history of being persecuted [ourselves] will not stand for any persecution of any Christians, or any Muslims, or any Jews or anyone else.”

Demonstrators with National Black Church Initiative — self-described as “a coalition of 34,000 black and Hispanic churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment” — held signs that read, “Stop hate” and “Stop terror,” as Mr. Evans spoke in front of the embassy.

“I have every reason to be concerned with the fate of the Christian community in the Arab world,” he said.

Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam also spoke during the protest, calling Qatar a “Club Med for terrorists,” Breitbart reported.

“They have no shame about it,” he added.

A similar anti-terrorism protest was held Monday in front of Qatar’s embassy in Paris ahead of a planned visit by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani, Al Jazeera reported.

Demonstrators said they were protesting the country’s support of extremism.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates recently broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar over what they called its support of terrorism. The UAE accused Qatar of “continued support, funding and hosting” of terror groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, and said the country promotes ideologies of the Islamic State and al Qaeda. Qatar has denied the claims.

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