Don't bomb Syria, say Grand Rapids protesters

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - About 30 people have turned out in downtown Grand Rapids to oppose U.S. military action in Syria.

Tom Burke says people want to send a message to Washington that military intervention "destroyed" Iraq and isn't appropriate in Syria, either. There were chants of "hands off Syria, no new wars" at the Grand Rapids rally Saturday.

President Barack Obama is asking for Congress' blessing to attack Syria over the use of chemical weapons. The U.S. says 1,400 people died in Syria, including 426 children.

In Detroit, Roman Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron led a prayer for peace during an afternoon Mass at Saint Joseph Church.

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