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Anti-War protests continue in Michigan as Congress considers the President's call to bomb Syria

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

This week, Congress may act on President Obama’s request for authorization to bomb Syria.

Yesterday, a small group of protesters in Detroit rallied against military action.

They chanted “Money for Detroit, Not for War” as the roughly one hundred peace protesters walked down Woodward Avenue.

They want President Obama to drop his plan to bomb Syrian targets to punish the Syrian government for allegedly using chemical weapons on its own people.

One woman who declined to give her name said “I’m Syrian and I’m an American. I would like to stop the flood of blood of innocents……in Syria.”

Protester Sharon Feldman helped carry a banner saying “Hands Off Syria”.   She says bombing Syria would be a bad idea.

“I feel that it would just hurt more people….we really don’t know what’s going on on the ground,” says Feldman.

In the past week, there have been several protests in Michigan for and against bombing Syria.   Another anti-war protest is planned for Ferndale this afternoon.

President Obama plans to address the nation about the Syria situation tomorrow.

Sunday’s small, but vocal protest took place as tens of thousands of Detroit Lions fans streamed out of Ford Field.   The football fans walked quickly through the protesters, with few saying anything to the peace activists. 

Several protesters wished more of Lions fans had chosen to protest the potential bombing of Syria with them instead of going to the game.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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