Anti-war demonstrations are being held around the world to denounce the calls for U.S. military intervention in Syria.
Hundreds of people held a demonstration at New York's Times Square on Friday over U.S. plans to attack Syria which the White House accuses of launching a deadly chemical attack, Press TV reported.
Retired school teacher Robert Shainwald said he was against any military action against Syria.
“I do not want this nation to become involved in yet another war. People always lose, no matter what side. Enough is enough. We should just stay the hell out,” he said.
Khaldon Makhoul, a 43-year-old physician who moved from Syria to the U.S. 17 years ago, held a sign reading, “Syria Iraq Same Lies.”
In Allentown, Pennsylvania -- home to one of the United States’ largest Syrian-American communities -- people demonstrated at St. George's Antiochian Orthodox Church, many of them holding Syrian flags.
“The American public doesn't want this. They want peace, not war,” the Rev. Moufid Khoury, head of the Arabic ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, told NBC.
Another protest took place Friday in Iowa City, Iowa, a day ahead of a larger rally scheduled for Saturday.
“Not only is it wrong, in the terms of the reason why we're doing it, the way in which we are doing it is also illegal,” the rally's organizer, Ed Flaherty, director of the Iowa chapter of Veterans for Peace, told NBC.
Hundreds of people also held a demonstration in Australia on Saturday against a possible U.S. military strike on Syria.
Carrying signs reading “Hands off Syria” and “Stop the war in Syria”, demonstrators gathered in Sydney to denounce any U.S. military assault.
“Today we are all the voice of the Syrian people, and we are here to tell you Mr Obama that you have the nerve to call President Bashar al-Assad a dictator, yet you make decisions for the Syrian people, and for the people of the United States and for the people of the world on your own accord,” said speaker Jasmine Saadat.
“Obama hear us now and hear us loud, hands off Syria.”
The demonstrations were held in response to the remarks of U.S. President Barack Obama, who said Washington was weighing a “limited and narrow” military action against Syria, which would not involve “boots on the ground.”
The United States has released an intelligence report which concluded that Syrian government forces had launched a chemical onslaught in the suburbs of Damascus last week, killing hundreds of civilians.
The Obama administration is using the report to make the case for a military strike on Syrian government installations.
The Syrian government has categorically rejected the allegations that it had any role in the chemical attack.
Iran, Russia and China have warned against U.S.-led military intervention in Syria. Moscow says a military action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the entire region.
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