Columbians protest possible US missile strikes against Syria

August 31, 2013 

— Protesters on Saturday in Columbia’s Five Points urged the United States to avoid military intervention in Syria.

Members of the Carolina Peace Resource Center and the South Carolina Green Party held anti-war signs and interacted with drivers in front of the main fountain in Five Points around lunchtime.

“Don’t Bomb Syria, “No War on Syria” and “Violence Begets Violence” were some of the signs members held up.

Occasional cars of college students honked in support of the 20 or so protesters, who included a Vietnam War veteran, teachers, students and Tom Clements, who ran as the Green Party candidate for a U.S. senate seat in South Carolina in 2010.

The United States is considering a missile strike against the war-torn country because of suspicions that the government used chemical weapons against civilians. Government forces for months have been battling factions who want to topple the government of President Bashar Hafez al-Assad.

From staff reports

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