Hoosiers protest US action in Syria

Group gathered on Indiana Statehouse steps

INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosiers are speaking out against possible military action against the regime in Syria. The protests come from the steps of the Indiana Statehouse.

Shortly before the president appeared on television Saturday afternoon, saying that he will seek congressional approval before carrying out a missile strike on Syria, protesters at the Statehouse demanded an alternative to military actions against Syrian president Bashar Assad's regime.

“The way to punish him is not to kill more Syrians and that's all that violence will accomplish,” protester Stacy Whyde said. “It's more violence and death. That's not the way to handle the situation."

The Obama administration's sales pitch to Congress to get behind a military strike against Syria continued on Saturday. It comes after U.N. weapons inspectors left the country expecting an imminent U.S. attack.

While the president gave no timetable for a military response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people, he called the attack an assault on human dignity that also threatens national security. 

“You're talking about billions of people who are against us on this issue and so we need to go through Congress to get approval if we're going to war," protester James Kerner said.

Protesters on Saturday joined Russia and other nations calling on the president to not rush into a decision on striking on Syria.

“How do you solve a conflict where they're killing their people by dropping bombs and killing their people?" Shelbyville resident Chase Bays asked.

While it’s almost certain that the U.S. will take military action, that prospect is dividing the American people and a growing number of nations.

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