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Thousands protest over possible military action against Syria

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Thousands protest over possible military action against Syria


The threat of US-led military action against Syria has brought thousands of anti-war protesters out onto the streets.

In Washington, placard-waving demonstrators marched close to the White House, where Barack Obama is pondering strikes.

On the other side of the Atlantic, in London, protesters were just as vocal. The crowds chanted “hands off Syria” as they passed through the streets.

In Paris, demonstrators waved Syrian flags as they slammed Obama and French President Francois Hollande, who is supporting the US stance.

One of the protesters questioned the motives of the Syrian rebels.

“What kind of a revolution is this? It’s is not a real revolution. These are Islamists and fundamentalists who want to take power,” said Kattan Bakkour, a Syrian researcher from Aleppo.

In Hatay, Turkey, a smaller crowd protested against what one protester described as their “warmongering” government.

“No one can be that stupid. I worked in Iraq for two-and-a-half years. They said there were nuclear weapons in Iraq. Afterwards they apologised, but still people are dying there. They want to do the same thing in Syria,” said protester Muhammad Erkin Islam.

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