Skip to comments.Hundreds march in L.A. protest against possible U.S. action on Syria
Posted on 09/09/2013 1:41:31 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Some 200 protesters gathered at a busy Hollywood intersection Sunday afternoon to voice opposition to a potential military strike on Syria and police said at least two demonstrators were arrested.
Protesters chanted Hands Off Syria and waved large Syrian flags at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue as President Barack Obama seeks congressional authorization for a strike in response to an alleged chemical attack U.S. officials say was carried out by the Syrian regime.
Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Cory Palka of the Hollywood Patrol Division said the two arrests involved a known protester who had a previous warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court and the other was arrested on suspicion of interfering with a police investigation.
Palka, however, called the protest, which had shrunk considerably by 6 p.m. Sunday evening, very peaceful and said there was minimal traffic disruption due to scores of bicycle, mounted horse and motorcycle officers in the vicinity.
Jodi Peters, 42, of Vista said she made the trip from San Diego County to urge for further diplomatic efforts rather than resorting to U.S. military intervention.
If this crime has been committed its the United Nations job to go in and work harder on the diplomacy and work harder on whoever has done something wrong, said Peters, who was standing at the intersection and carrying a sign that said We Cannot Kill Our Way to Peace. More wars, even if it was the appropriate response, is not something we can do right now as a country since we cant afford it.
J.B. Smith, 50, of Temecula said bombing Syria would not help the situation and could lead the U.S. into another protracted and bloody war like the ones in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Blowing up people just destabilizes them and 10 years later, people are still getting blown up in Iraq, he said. They say weve got evidence that (the chemical attack) was done by Assads forces but there is no evidence.
Among the protesters was a contingent of Syrian-Americans who waved Syrian flags with Bashar Assads face imprinted on it and who said they fully supported the embattled Arab leader.
We dont need war anymore, we dont need more blood, we dont need more innocent people getting killed, Syrian-American Pieer Mansour of Burbank said. We like (Assad)...Hes a moderate president. Hes very intelligent...There should be a peaceful solution, not war.
His wife, Amira Azri, claimed atrocities being committed by the rebels, including rapes, were not being reported and stressed that al-Qaida-linked fighters were on the side of the rebels.
Syrian-American Linda Roboz, 17, of Granada Hills called Assad my president and said reports of what has been occurring in Syria are all wrong.
I want America to know that hes not doing anything to bomb Syria, the Christian teenager, who appeared near tears, said. He loves his children; he wouldnt do anything to hurt his children...Hes protecting his people.
Protester Bana Haffar, who described herself as a Canadian of Arab descent, said the Middle East was a tinderbox that would explode if there was a U.S. military strike in Syria.
I dont think it can be limited because there are so many different factions and the situation would escalate further, she said.
Haffar added that she suspected the U.S. may have been involved in the alleged chemical attack against the Syrian people.
I think they are behind it maybe because they want to go in there, destabilize the whole Arab world, destroy, build, destroy and make a profit, Haffar, a musician, said.
Wow. I’m on the side Arabs and smelly hippies. That hurts.
Doesn’t mean I’m gonna change my mind...
The US needs to stay of Syria!
I bet these liberals never thought they would protest anything that Obama wants to do. How ironic.
I bet Obama denies he ever wanted to do it.
Obama didn’t build that! Somebody else made that red line happen!
I don’t see the need. I wouldn’t march behind a Syrian flag or beside a damn hippy. However, we have a chance agreement on this situation. It doesn’t make Assad a nice guy anymore than my agreement with Putin makes me love him.
I understand Ed ASSner, Will Farrel and other Hollywood morons openly admitted that even though their against military intervention, they won’t openly criticize 0 for fear of seeming racist.
Hundreds? They can only muster HUNDREDS?
And what of the tens of thousands the media swarmed over whining about EVIL BOOSH?
This must be a (gasp) POPULAR WAR!
Syria policy is a mess.
Whose fault is that?
0bama backed himself into this stupid corner.
0bamas humiliation, despair and political defeat must serve as an example so that no president ever so stupidly puts our credibility on the line.
No bombing for Al Qaeda!
No WAR for terrorists - both ASSAD and the REBELS are terrorists - STAY AS FAR AWAY from them as possible. If we were to DO ANYTHING CONSTRUCTIVE in the Middle East it would be to send ISRAEL all the WEAPONRY we were thinking of using and allow them the decision to use them to their best defensive abilities! Our weapons in the hands of the MOSSAD-Hmm, now there would be a policy worth backing!