Protesters Opposing Action In Syria Rally In NYC After Obama’s Announcement

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File photo of President Barack Obama. (Credit:Kristoffer Tripplaar/ Sipa USA

File photo of President Barack Obama. (Credit:Kristoffer Tripplaar/ Sipa USA

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NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-war protesters rallied in Times Square on Saturday as President Barack Obama announced he would ask Congress to authorize a military strike on Syria.

About 200 people opposed to U.S. military intervention staged a noisy but orderly demonstration in the tourist-packed theater district.

Many chanted, “No war on Syria!”

The rally began around noon and continued as the president said in a televised address that he favored a military strike to punish Syria’s government for chemical weapons attack on civilians but would ask for congressional approval.

That didn’t mollify protesters like Benjamin Koatz, a 19-year-old Brown University student.

“I’m glad he’s following the Constitution,” he said. “But even if Congress approves it, I think it will be a disastrous decision for the U.S., the world and Syria.”

Some demonstrators saw an attack as inevitable, no matter what Congress says.

“At the end of the day, I don’t think it really means anything,” said New Yorker Noor Hasan, whose parents were born in Syria.

“He’s going to do whatever he wants to do,” she said of Obama.

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