W.Va. Groups Plan Vigil To Oppose Syria Strike

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People demonstrate in favor of a US-led strike on Syria in front of the White House in Washington on August 31, 2013.  (credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

People demonstrate in favor of a US-led strike on Syria in front of the White House in Washington on August 31, 2013. (credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia peace activists are planning a vigil to oppose any U.S. military strike in Syria.

The event is set for Sunday afternoon at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston. It’s being led by West Virginia Patriots for Peace and West Virginia Citizen Action.

President Barack Obama announced Saturday that he will seek congressional approval for military action intended to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds.

The organizations sponsoring the Charleston vigil say their message to Congress is “No more interventions in foreign civil wars.” They say that while violence in Syria is a major concern to the United States and its allies, there’s no quick military fix.

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