Minneapolis protesters call for peace in Syria

10:00 PM, Sep 1, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - As President Barack Obama made a big announcement on Saturday about the possible role of the United States in Syria, protesters opposed to the military action were marching through downtown Minneapolis.

The President made a statement from the White House Rose Garden.

"After careful deliberation, I have decided the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets."

Obama went on to say that he would only take such action with Congressional support.

At the same time protesters in Minneapolis could be heard chanting "What do we want? Peace!"

There were as many as 30 people at the No War in Syria Rally, which began at the Hennepin County Government Center.

Holding a sign that said "Peace," Luann Foty said, "We need to stay out of Syria because it's none of our business. They need to solve their own civil wars as we did ourselves here in this country."

"This attack is an assault on human dignity," Obama said in reference to a possible chemical weapons attack by the Syrian president against civilians on Aug. 21.

Obama also said that the U.S. would not send in troops on the ground of Syria, but those at the Minneapolis rally worry any military action could spiral out of control.

"We do not support sending missiles into Syria. We don't support attacking anybody," said Tom Bollan, with the No War in Syria Rally.

"They're predisposed, it seems, to not listen to us anymore," Vietnam veteran David Cooley said.

But the President said he will listen to lawmakers.

"I will seek the authorization for use of force from the American people's representatives in Congress," Obama said.

Congressional leaders have agreed to schedule a debate when they are back in session, on Monday, Sept. 9.

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