September 8, 2013

Protesters voice opposition to Syria strike

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE/The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Anti-war protesters gathered outside the White House on Saturday to voice their opposition to a U.S. military strike on Syria, calling their picket line one that Congress shouldn't cross as it prepares to vote on the issue.

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Protesters against U.S. military action in Syria march to Capitol Hill from the White House in Washington on Saturday. President Obama has asked Congress to approve the use of force following a deadly chemical gas attack on Aug. 21.

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At least 150 protesters picketed the sidewalk in front of the White House and marched to Capitol Hill, chanting slogans such as "They say more war; we say no war" and carrying signs that said a war on Syria would be "Built on a Lie."

"There is a grass-roots uprising against the Democrats and the Republicans," said Medea Benjamin, a founder of the anti-war group Code Pink.

"We do not want another war," Benjamin said, underscoring the broad public sentiment against U.S. military strikes against Syria.

Many lawmakers in both parties oppose Obama's request for Congress to authorize using military force against Syria for a deadly Aug. 21 chemical gas attack the Obama administration blames on President Bashar Assad. Citing intelligence reports, the administration reported 1,429 people died, including 426 children.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee cleared the authorization measure last week and the first votes by the full Senate could come Wednesday.

Concerns over military action spawned other protests across the country, including one in New York City's Times Square and a prayer vigil in Boston that echoed Saturday's massive gathering at the Vatican.

In New York, anti-Wall Street activists joined the protest along with some Syrian expatriates who said they supported the Assad regime. Some protesters carried signs saying "No more wars for corporate profit" and "Cut the Pentagon, not food stamps."

In Indianapolis, about 150 protesters clustered around the Indiana Statehouse in a church-organized protest opposing military intervention. Other protests were reported in Louisiana and Michigan.

Benjamin said a cross-section of Americans, many of whom disagree on a variety of issues, are united against military intervention.

"We have suddenly found ourselves united as Americans, overwhelmingly saying we will not let you drag us into another war," Benjamin shouted into a megaphone in front of the White House.

Benjamin said the public will get the chance to see if we have "democracy in action."

"The whole world is watching," Benjamin said.

 

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