|Published:||Aug 31, 2013 11:57 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 01, 2013 12:16 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The suggestion of U.S. military action against Syria and further intervention in the middle east is generating troubled and conflicting emotions throughout America. Fort Myers is no exception.
Saturday, dozens of anti-war protesters gathered at Centennial Park and made their way downtown. Holding signs, chanting slogans and wearing green, anti-war protestors took to the streets of Fort Myers speaking out against military intervention in Syria.
"What we are seeing right now is continued unintended consequences of going into areas in the Middle East, going into areas all over the globe with out really an interest of the U.S. at stake. So we're making enemies really everywhere," said Jared Grifoni.
The protesters admit they have a variety of differing viewpoints and political affiliations, but they all have one thing common, their belief the U.S. needs to stay out of the Middle East.
"There is a general consensus is hat we are all against the war and so it does feel refreshing, it feels inspiring and it also feels like we're not alone," said Rodrigo Palacios.
Despite initial opposition from some lawmakers, President Obama's administration insists the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack against their own people and something needs to be done.
World War II Army Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Robert Hilliard says before the U.S. does anything, more information is needed.
"I think we need to demand that Obama and Biden and Kerry provide us with definitive proof, not simply accusations. plus, concrete proof coming from UN inspections team," said Robert Hilliard.
President Obama says the U.S. should take military action, but will wait for congress to debate and vote on the subject.
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