People gather in Gulfport to protest possible US military strike in Syria

Published: Sep. 8, 2013 at 2:45 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2013 at 3:36 AM CDT
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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - All across the country people have been protesting against the president's administration's proposal for a U.S. led military strike in Syria. Here in South Mississippi, demonstrators were out in Biloxi and Gulfport to protest U.S.military action in Syria.

We headed to Jones Park in Gulfport to talk to protestors who held signs hoping to catch the attention of motorists. Signs saying "No War in Syria and "No Boots, No Bombs" were carried by protesters in Gulfport, who said they're worried that American intervention in Syria would cost too much and claim too many lives.

"We're just holding up signs to promote peace mostly. And to remind people of what it was like be in Vietnam in a war that everyone wanted out of, but no one could do anything about," organizer Stephanie O'Neal said.

When O'Neal heard the news that the president was pursuing support for a U.S. strike, she said she had to act.

"From everything I've seen in the news, I've been really frightened of what may happen to us. We go everyday in our day to day activities never thinking that something really bad could happen in our country," protester Susan Rusk said.

Other protestor said there are better things America could be doing than proposing the military action.

"We could be investigating or finding out for sure about this nuclear or chemical warfare and send peace groups and talk to them about it. And find out if they are actually using chemical weapons against their own people. Every war in the world is not our business. That's part of America's problem," said an Anonymous member, who protested at the rally.

O'Neal said she wants they're protest to inspire people to voice their opinion on the Syria matter.

"I hope that they realize how important it is to us to expose ourselves to not only the heat, but also other people's opinions. We are not afraid to stand up and protect those who risk their lives to protect us," O'Neal said.

Congressional lawmakers have been on Summer recess. They are expected to return to Washington on Monday to resume session.

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