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Big protest at MN Senator Klobuchar’s office against war on Syria

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September 4, 2013
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Twin Cities protest demand Congress vote against war with Syria.
Twin Cities protest demand Congress vote against war with Syria. (Photo: Kim Defranco)

Minneapolis, MN – More than 175 people demonstrated in front of the office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to oppose a U.S. military attack on Syria. The protest was initiated by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition and was endorsed by the Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Veterans for Peace, Women Against Military Madness and others.

Meredith Aby, of the Twin Cites-based Anti-War Committee told the crowd, “The White House and Pentagon are preparing a cruise missile attack on Syria. Failing to receive international support for these plans, and in the face of overwhelming opposition from the U.S. public, the Obama administration is now turning to Congress for cover in the form of a resolution authorizing the use of military force. When Congress returns to D.C. next week, on Sept. 9, their votes will determine whether and how a war on Syria may begin. This week, while they are in their home districts across the country, politicians need to hear from their constituents.”

Aby also stated, “Syria’s real ‘crime’ is to remain independent, ignoring the agenda of U.S. empire in the Middle East and befriending the patriotic peoples of Iran, Lebanon and Palestine. They speak of chemical weapons, hoping that we have forgotten their plan for ‘regime change’ in Syria. The U.S. government has no right to determine who should lead the Syrian government. Beyond just openly calling for the Syrian president to be thrown out, the U.S. has already given more than a billion dollars’ worth of battlefield support to the Syrian opposition. And devastating Syria with hundreds of cruise missiles will only make it harder for the Syrian people to decide their own future and ensures a continued escalation of U.S. involvement in Syria and the Middle East.”