ABQ protesters show opposition to U.S. military action against Syria

Posted at: 08/31/2013 6:20 PM
Updated at: 08/31/2013 6:54 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Protesters hit the streets of Albuquerque Saturday to show their opposition to U.S. military action against Syria.

It was a peaceful demonstration along Central Avenue in Nob Hill.

Most of the protesters were not reassured whatsoever by President Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval before launching any strike against Syria.

They are alarmed that he favors military action in the first place to punish Syria for its reported use of chemical weapons to kill hundreds, including children.

“It’s ridiculous that they were trying to feed us the same line about weapons of mass destruction,” said protester Joel Gallegos. “It sounds like an echo from the war in Iraq.”

“I would love to see real support for ending the conflict, like stopping the flow of weapons into Syria, stopping chemical weapons, helping with the peace process, helping with the ceasefire,” said protester Sayrah Namaste. “We could be giving humanitarian aid. These are all things the U.S. could be doing.”

“I’m here to show my support for the antiwar movement,” said protester Sam Willis. “I think we should try to focus more on nonlethal measures of defense and protection.”

The latest polling from Rasmussen Reports shows 40 percent of American voters agree with the protesters, and 37 percent agree with the President.

23 percent of us are undecided.