Call for calm after attack

CUMBERLAND Council has called for “calm and compassion” in the wake of the “senseless attack” on Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, of the Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley, who was allegedly repeatedly stabbed during a service last Monday night.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with committing a terrorist act under section 101.1 Criminal Code Act (Commonwealth) 1995, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for life.
Soon after the alleged attack, a large crowd gathered outside the church before a riot started with projectiles thrown at officers, injuring a number of them, while police vehicles were damaged and property stolen.
Police are now working to arrest all those involved in the riot.
Mayor Lisa Lake has urged everyone to “maintain a sense of calm and compassion, and to reflect on our humanity as the common bond that unites us all”.
“On behalf of the Cumberland community, I extend our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, Father Isaac Royel and other worshippers who were injured during this (alleged) attack,” she said.
“To the Assyrian community of Sydney, there is no doubt this unprovoked attack has caused you great shock and distress. We are thinking of you at this time.
“To the paramedics and police who attended the scene to ensure safety, I thank you for your service.”
Councillor Steve Christou said that acts of “evil must never be allowed to triumph”.
“While we are all angry and hurting, I urge my brothers and sisters in Western Sydney to show restraint, instead focusing on love and prayer,” he said.
“We will all get through this together in peace, love and unity no matter your religion or background.”