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Archbishop condemns violence in All Saints' Cathedral, Nairobi

Posted on: July 11, 1997 12:44 PM
Related Categories: Kenya

The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to the Most Revd David Gitari, Archbishop of Kenya, to express his horror over the attack on peaceful protesters in and around All Saints' Cathedral, Nairobi.

The text of the letter follows:

"I am horrified to have read the reports of the violence perpetrated by Kenyan security authorities against Church members and peaceful demonstrators in and around All Saints' Cathedral, Nairobi.

There can be no justification at all for such behaviour on the part of trained soldiers. I want you to know that you will have my full support in any action which you take yourself, and I am in the process of writing to your President and also our Foreign Secretary.

Whatever the political disagreements in Kenya or anywhere else in the world, there is no call for peaceful process to be disrupted in such a violent and undisciplined way. The cause of peace and justice will not be served by such actions, and we as Christian leaders must speak out calmly but firmly against such a suppression of human rights.

You and your people will be very much in our prayers here at Lambeth, and I know that you are receiving messages of support from all over the Communion."

The Most Revd and Rt Hon George Carey