'No war with Syria' rally held in Riverside

By Ashley Harding, General assignment reporter, aharding@wjxt.com
Published On: Sep 07 2013 05:56:46 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 07 2013 09:32:48 PM EDT

Dozens of protesters marched from Memorial Park in Riverside to Representative Ander Crenshaw's office. They want to send a message to local lawmakers that they oppose a military strike against Syria.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

As the U.S. moves closer to a possible military strike against Syria, following last month's chemical attack, dozens in Jacksonville rallied against that plan on Saturday afternoon.

Dozens took to the streets, hoping to send a message to lawmakers that voting against a military strike is the answer.  The march began at Memorial and ended at Rep. Ander Crenshaw's office in Riverside.

The group was made up of Syrians and non-Syrians.  

Many of them signed cards and posters and taped them to the front of Crenshaw's office, saying they do not support a strike against Syria.

Demonstrators held signs and donned tee shirts all in protest of the proposed US military strike in Syria.

Participants who took the streets said they hope their message against the proposed military strike in Syria is heard loud and clear.

"We look at the recent history in the United States, we've seen more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, about a decade of war in Iraq, trillions and trillions of dollars spent," Dave Schenider said. "While we're closing libraries right here in Jacksonville."

"We don't need anything to harm U.S.A., the people of the U.S.A. and the people in Syria," Emtedhal Yazji said. "We all just need peace."

That call for peace led the group to Representative Ander Crenshaw's Jacksonville office where the protesters left letters and cards.

Many of them pointed out a growing public opposition to a possible strike. Willie Hager is a Vietnam War Veteran and said he doesn't want to see soldiers killed.

"Death at the behest of taking over other countries and setting up other countries, other governments, all equals out the same," Hager said. "There's not one life worth that."

Others fear a strike in Syria could ultimately lead to an all out war and they hope it doesn't come to that.

"We hope that we don't ever have to get to that point in Syria. We can stop the war before it starts."

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