Protesters: Stay out of Syria
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NAPLES, Fla. - Days after President Obama announced at the G20 Summit that he is willing to launch a limited military strike against Syria without the backing of the international community, dozens occupied the streets of downtown Naples in protest of that decision.
Dozens gathered in downtown Naples on Sunday in protest of the U.S. military's pending strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military assets.
Fay Greystone is one of the protesters. Her message? Send Congress to Syria.
"Wake up people," Greystone said, "If you don't, we will vote you out."
As it stands Congressman Trey Radel is opposed to taking any military action and Senator Marco Rubio is also on record voicing his disapproval of the pending attack.
But many representatives in Congress are on the fence, like Southwest Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.
That uncertainty is angering constituents.
"Fire everybody in congress, clean up Washington," said Greystone. "Get out!"
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is accused of deploying chemical weapons on his own people during an attack in August.
The on-going civil war in Syria has been escalating over the course of the last two years.
Signs with messages against the pending strike flooded the streets of downtown Naples.
John Battin, a Vietnam veteran carried one of those signs.
"Stay out of war, it's just taken too many lives," said Battin, "we make no friends making war."
Congress is expected to take up a vote on whether or not to approve the resolution as early as this week, but it is still unclear how those votes will fall.
On the other hand, the President appears ready to take action.
"1400 people were gassed," said President Obama on Friday at the G20 Summit. "If we're not acting, what does that say?"
That message doesn't sit well, even with the youngest of protesters.
"Dear President Obama, I want peace around here," said Stella Sine, a third grader.
President Obama will make a series of appearance on network news programs on Monday, ahead of his address to the nation on Tuesday.