Peace protest

MARQUETTE – A handful of members from the Marquette Citizens for Peace and Justice gathered outside the Marquette Post Office Saturday to protest President Obama’s consideration of a U.S. military strike in Syria.

Despite Russian President Vladimir Putin working with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to negotiate a surrender of Syria’s chemical weapons to the international community, CPJ member Carol Strauss said the conflict is far from resolved.

“We want to ensure … that we do not mount any kind of attack in Syria,” Strauss said. “Even if (the Marquette CPJ) were people who believed that in some cases military intervention is called for, we know in this situation it will do no good, it will come to no fruitful benefit on the part of anybody.”

Strauss said that the result of a U.S. military intervention in Syria will be more casualties, especially civilians.

The Citizens for Peace and Justice gather to protest on the first and third Saturday of every month, but Strauss said that they planned to protest every Saturday in September and possibly in October as well, depending on how the situation with Syria develops.

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