Protests in Las Vegas continue against action in Syria
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CREATED Sep. 7, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- As the president prepares to address the nation on his plan for Syria, local protesters returned to the Tropicana overpass on I-15 for a second week.
Between 50 and 75 protesters gathered on the overpass again Saturday. It's the same number that gathered last week to urge people to speak out against military intervention in Syria.
The protesters were a little more organized this week, with bigger signs, but they were still spreading the same message. They said a show of military force is not the best way to stop the ongoing violence in the Syrian civil war.
"I think there needs to be an arm embargo, not military strikes. There are, international law can come to the aide, we can't give up on it," Jim Haber said.
Many of the protesters said they are keeping a close eye on President Obama’s negotiations with congressional leaders.
One the organizers said she was a little discouraged by the president's plan of attack and the early support he gained for possible aerial strikes. She also said she's been encouraged by the impact protesters have had on lawmakers.
"All of the things that were coming in yesterday about the representatives that are getting 500 to 600 phone calls in their offices. None of them in support of Syria, all of them for staying out of Syria. That is encouraging," Angie Morelli said.
The protesters said they hope they don't have to continue their protests in coming weeks, but said they will return if they feel it is needed.