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Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:17PM
People chant during a protest against a possible US military strike against Syria, in Sydney on August 31, 2013.

People chant during a protest against a possible US military strike against Syria, in Sydney on August 31, 2013.

As Washington is looking at a possible strike on Syria, people around the world continue to denounce any US military intervention in the Middle Eastern country. Hundreds of people protested at New York's Times Square on Friday over US plans to attack Syria which the White House accuses of launching a deadly chemical attack. 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 US 17 years ago, held a sign reading, “Syria Iraq Same Lies.” In Allentown, Pennsylvania - home to one of America’s largest Syrian-American population- 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 protested in Australia on Saturday against a possible US military strike on Syria. Carrying signs reading "Hands off Syria" and "Stop the war in Syria", demonstrators gathered in Sydney to denounce any US 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 protests come after US President Barack Obama 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 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 US-led military intervention in Syria. Moscow says a military action would have "catastrophic consequences" for the entire region. HJ/HJ
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