Demonstrations sweep several US cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, Jacksonville and Boston.
On Friday, a protest in Florida turned violent as activists gathered across the country in in Jacksonville, New York City, Philadelphia, Newark, Chicago, Detroit, Boston and other cities to object on the U.S. attack on Syria.
Up to 200 people were protesting in Jacksonville; 6 people were arrested when protesters supporting President Donald Trump and demonstrators opposed to the military action attacked one another and police in as per the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
In Detroit, more than 30 people protesting Thursday’s U.S. missile strike on the Shayrat Air Base, near Homs showed up at Grand Martius Park downtown, which created some tension. Some Detroit Tigers fans leaving a game heckled the protesters. One fan reportedly shouted “Bomb Syria,” but most supporters merely watched.
In New York City, NBC reported that protesters gathered in midtown at Trump Tower and Union Square. They chanted and held signs saying “Bombing Syria doesn’t protect people, it kills them,” and “Yes to the refugees, no to the U.S. wars that create them,”
Nina Macapinlac, a protester, told The New York Daily News “U.S. intervention has never brought about peace and democracy in other countries. This farce that by bombing Syria you’re going to be able to bring about democracy is not true.”
In Chicago, almost 100 protesters gathered at the Trump Tower there before marching along Michigan Avenue chanting: “Hey, Hey, Donald J, how many kids have you killed today?”
Vicki Cervantes, a protester, told WBBM Newsradio: “The tragedy of the children is heart-rending. But I think the response of escalation, of more bombing, of more war, only means more dead children.”
While in Philadelphia, around 40 protesters gathered downtown, some were holding signs reading “Bombs are not the answer.”
According to CBS News, members of a sizeable Syrian Christian community in Allentown, who are largely supportive of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, also planned a rally.
First US attack against the Syrian regime:
Dr.Khaldoun Makhoul, the rally’s organizer, who has been in the US for 23 years, believes that the chemical attack that prompted the U.S. response after it killed 87 people, happened because a Syrian rocket struck a chemical weapons arsenal belonging to rebels.
Seven people were killed and nine injured, according to Syrian reports, due to the first US attack on the Syrian regime which used 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, called the attack a “very measured step.” She said the US is prepared to “do more,” but she hopes that “will not be necessary.”
The weekend will see more protests against the missile attack.