Miami anti-war activists, Syrians join together to protest U.S. war on Syria
Miami, FL – Over 50 people gathered here, Aug. 29, to protest any further U.S. military intervention in Syria. The protest took place at the Torch of Friendship along Biscayne Bay as part of a national day of action to oppose the U.S. war against Syria.
Anti-war activists from the group People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism and Racism (POWIR) organized the rally, which was attended by members of the Syrian American Forum, Veterans for Peace and other concerned members of the South Florida community. These protesters had a clear message for Obama: No war in Syria!
Large Syrian flags were stretched along the side of busy Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, as protesters held signs with such messages as, “Hands off Syria” and “No war in Syria.” Anti-war chants were shouted in English, Arabic and Spanish as cars and passersby honked and cheered in agreement.
Cassia Laham, an organizer with POWIR, delivered a speech to begin the rally. “We are here because the war drums are once again pounding on. We will not sit by and do nothing as the U.S. prepares to reap death and suffering in the Middle East yet again.”
The rally lasted from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Syrian music was also being played into megaphones.
POWIR and other activists intend to meet again in protest if the U.S. does, in fact, attack the people of Syria.