Syrian Military Action Protesters
To Gather In Tempe Tonight
Several Hundred Are Expected Along Mill Avenue This Evening, Aiming To Raise Public Displeasure Over Looming Military Action Against The Assad Regime
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Sept. 7, 2013 — In a repeat performance of a similar action last weekend that saw Tempe police make three arrests that protesters claimed were an attempt at intimidation, several hundred local residents are expected to march down Tempe’s Mill Avenue tonight, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Mill Avenue is a popular destination on Saturday nights and police presence is typically elevated as thousands visit the area.
Protesters will meet at Tempe Beach Park at 5:30 p.m. and engage in a community discussion on, “how best we will respond to the looming war,” according to the event Facebook page. At about 7:30 p.m., the group will depart the park and, “disrupt business as usual on Mill Avenue.”
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Anti-Assad community groups are expected to also be in the area Saturday night. At last Saturday’s event, they entered into heated discussions with anti-military action protesters.
The Syrian Civil War has been raging since March 2011 as part of the Arab Spring. According to the United Nations and other organizations, the death toll has been tabbed at more than 100,000. On Aug. 21, the Syrian government launched a chemical attack — according to a report by the United Nations — that killed more than 1,400.
President Barack Obama and other western leaders have proposed some sort of limited military action in response to the Assad regime’s breach of international law — although they were one of the Earth’ few nations who did not sign the treaty.
The British Parliament turned down Prime Minister David Cameron’s request to authorize a military action. The U.S. Congress is debating Obama’s request and is expected to rule definitively next week.
According to the New York Times, the Assad regime controls about 40 percent of the country, including the capital, Damascus.
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