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Portlanders Protest Possible Military Strike in Syria

OPB | Aug. 31, 2013 6:30 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 6, 2013 7:50 a.m.

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Kristian Foden-Vencil

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Hundreds of people gathered to chant, hear speeches and talk on Saturday.

They carried signs saying: “No War With Syria,” “Money for Jobs and Education — Not For War” and “No More Illegal Wars.”

Erin Neimelah is with the group Portland Oregon War Resistance. She came after listening to President Barack Obama say the U.S. should take military action, but get congressional approval first.

“I found it curious that he needed to start his conversation with the public with a convincing statement about how much we should do military action,” she said. 

“I also think that that really demonstrates that power is derived from consent and he really needs to convince us. And the people here, these concerned citizens are not convinced. We know that violence is not the answer.”

There were several people at the demonstration draped in the Syrian flag and wearing T-shirts with a picture of President Bashar al-Assad. They say the case has not been made that Assad has used chemical weapons and that the U.S. should stay out of Syria.

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