Demonstrators oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria

Published: Aug. 31, 2013 at 9:34 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:34 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - "No war on Syria" and "Violence begets violence" were just a few of the signs protestors held high in Five Points Saturday.

They came together for a rally hosted by the non-profit Carolina Peace Resource Center to voice their opposition to possible US military intervention in Syria.

 "The violence in Syria is horrific and there have been war crimes including the use of chemical weapons," said David Matos with the Carolina Peace Resource Center. "We believe there does need to be a response but we think that response should not be a military response. It should be a diplomatic response. We should definitely investigate and prosecute war crimes and we just think that everything short of military action should be done is response to this."

The local protest is part of a global No War With Syria Day organized using social media around the world in dozens of U.S. cities.

The recent reported use of chemical weapons has hit one Syrian living in Columbia very hard. Manar Shabouk wants peace for Syria and says US involvement will only complicate things in the end.

"The military attack on Syria will not serve people," she said "It will not do anything. It will now get rid of the regime it will end the pain that is there so it is not the answer simply."

And the same sentiment was shared by everyone who at the demonstration. They say the U.S. intervening will only pour gasoline on the fire and could cause unintended consequences.

"No legal or security or moral reason for us to strike Syria at this time," said Wade Fulmer. "We've got two wars going. We don't need to expand the volatility in that area because it could erupt in a much larger war not just in that area but globally."

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