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Bay Area Holds Protests Over Possible Attack on Syria

Protests held across the Bay Area for and against a possible U.S. strike on Syria

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    (Published Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013)

    Protesters around the world, including the Bay Area, took to the streets Saturday to protest for and against a possible U.S.-led attack on Syria.

    In San Jose, a small crowd gathered in front of City Hall to express their views opposing a possible U.S. action in Syria.   

    In San Francisco, a larger crowd took their protests to the street. About 100 protesters carried Syrian and American flags up Market Street.

    Some protesters are comparing possible military action in Syria to the war in Iraq.

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    "It's again the U.S. government sending out a political line, saying there's some country we should be afraid of when in reality, 10 years later, we see the disaster Iraq was," protester Frank Lara said. "These resources should be used for fair wages, for things like housing, things like health care and education."

    Rallies were also held in San Mateo and Oakland.

    The protests come after President Barack Obama said Saturday he was prepared to take action against the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons, but that he will seek congressional authorization before carrying out military strikes.

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