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Minneapolis protesters speak out against U.S. intervention in Syria

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Across the U.S., people are gathering to speak out against American intervention in Syria following an alleged chemical weapon attack.

In Minneapolis, hundreds lined the sidewalks of 22nd and Hiawatha avenues to urge lawmakers to vote no. They know their time is limited before the House and Senate made a decision, but many worry even a limited military strike in Syria won't solve  anything.

In front of the Midtown Farmers Market, about 300 people gathered to make their message loud and clear.

"The fact of the matter is that there's no such thing as a military strike that doesn't kill civilians," Meredith Aby-Keirstead of the Minnesota Peace Coalition said.

Busy as the intersection is, plenty honk from inside their cars to affirm the groups outcry for a peaceful intervention instead.

"So if the fact is that we're allegedly going to war with Syria to say that killing civilians is bad, I don't understand how killing more civilians is going to accomplish anything," Aby-Keirstead said.

"I think it's naive for us to think we understand what's going on over there, it's more of a tribal mentality, and there's a religious conflict, and for us to go in there and shoot some rockets, I just don't see that being any a solution," observer Marty Otto said.

Steve McKeown is a member of Veterans for Peace and worries this proposed "limited military strike" will ultimately, turn into a full-on war.

"What is this really about? I don't think that President Obama and Secretary Kerry have explained what this is really about," McKeown said.

"I've been pulled out of a crater of a B-52 bomber in Vietnam and they shake the earth from 20-30 miles away. Tomahawk cruise missiles are worse -- if they were to drop right here where we were, we'd call it war," he said.

Protestors say there are major issues here at home that need to be resolved before the U.S. intervenes anywhere else.

"All these cuts have happened this summer, yet we're going to have enough money to go and attack Syria for an endless potential conflict? No! This is not what Americans want!" Aby-Keirstead said.

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