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Dozens Protest Against U.S. Involvement in Syria

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President Obama has said Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad should be held accountable for using chemical weapons on his own people. The Obama Administration is now pushing for limited military strikes in Syria.

That's why for nearly four hours on Saturday, a group of locals protested at the Reno City Plaza. Dozens lined the sidewalks along Virginia Street with signs, and some even marked their bodies with messages.

"We want the situation in Syria to stop as much as we don't want to interfere with it," said Jimmy Dunn, an event organizer. "We believe there could be some dangerous consequences if the United States decides to take military action."

Dunn and others handed out reading material for drivers stopped at the nearby traffic light. A number of drivers also honked their horns in support of the protest.

Protesters say they just want their voices heard.

"Ultimately, I would like for the U.S.A. to stay out of Syria, and not go into Syria and create perpetual war which never seems to end," said Dianna Sion of Reno.

"He's (Assad) a tyrant, sure," said Paul Lenert of Reno. "There's a lot of tyrants in the world, and it's up to their own people to overthrow them."

In an effort to be balanced, I went to several places around town to get the thoughts of people who are in favor of U.S. involvement in Syria, and overwhelmingly, on and off-camera, people tell me they're against it.

We then took to our Facebook page and got a few responses.

Cheryl Cml said, "...Someone has to stop Assad and it seems like we are the only ones willing to help these people..."

Michael Flock said, "...I feel the president is trying to be the leader in what is right, to live in a surrounding country around Syria is very dangerous with these weapons in their hands."

Written by Adam Varahachaikol
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