People protest in Knoxville against a military strike in Syria

People protest in Knoxville against a military strike in Syria

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Activists gathered outside the offices of Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Representative Jimmy Duncan Monday to encourage them to vote against taking military action in Syria. Activists gathered outside the offices of Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Representative Jimmy Duncan Monday to encourage them to vote against taking military action in Syria.
Protestors held signs and handed out fliers spreading their message, with the hopes of making lawmakers listen. Protestors held signs and handed out fliers spreading their message, with the hopes of making lawmakers listen.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Protests have been held from coast to coast to stop the possible military strike in Syria, and Knoxville is no exception. Activists gathered outside the offices of Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Representative Jimmy Duncan Monday to encourage them to vote against taking military action in Syria.

Organizers wanted to have the demonstration in the middle of the day when offices were open. The goal was to have office employees contact the lawmakers and make them aware of the protest against military action in Syria.

Protestors held signs and handed out fliers spreading their message, with the hopes of making lawmakers listen.

"Right now a military strike in Syria will just exacerbate violence and suffering. It won't help," said Ralph Hutchison.

Hutchison organized the protest. Around 20 people gathered outside the lawmakers' Knoxville offices.

"I hope lawmakers send a strong message to the Obama administration and vote 'no' on the resolution to have a military strike against Syria," said Hutchison.

Several protestors said standing on the sidewalk, holding signs, showing their stance against striking Syria is something new for them.

"This is the first time I've ever protested anything and I feel very strong about it," said Larry Edwards.

"This is the first time since the Vietnam War that I've come out on the street that's how important this is to me. There's a message being sent to Congress and I just really want to see if it is we the people," said Mary Phipps.

The protestors told 6 News that the use of chemical weapons in Syria was horrific, but at this point, it's not the role of the United States to step in with a military strike.

"He killed 1,300 to 1,500 people. How many are we going to kill if we bomb for three days?" said Edwards.

"If we can't stop thugs here on our streets in this country and we think we can go to the Middle East, it's just not going to happen," said Phipps.

Some of the protestors worry about what would happen after the strikes.

"What are they going to do if he lashes out against Israel? What are they going to do if Russia steps in and says we're in too? That's not a contingency. You cannot plan for it and if you start to, it gets really unthinkable really fast," said Hutchison.

Congressman Duncan says he's listening to his constituents, and will vote 'no' for military action in Syria.

Sen. Lamar Alexander also says he is against striking Syria and will also vote 'no'.

Sen. Bob Corker with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reached a resolution on using limited military action against Syria.

According to Corker's chief of staff, "Senator Corker does not want the U.S. involved in an open-ended conflict, which is why he is working to prevent authorization for boots on the ground in Syria and to limit the duration of military conflict to 60 days."

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