Syria protests planned for Saturday

Posted at: 08/30/2013 5:38 PM | Updated at: 08/30/2013 5:42 PM
By: John McLoughlin

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Many of those Americans opposed to intervention in Syria will be demonstrating in cities all across the nation on Saturday.

That includes the Capital Region, where one protest is planned for Albany’s Townsend Park.

Among the protestors, is a 17-year-old from Schenectady County.

Emily Costa and her young friends are "prepping" their protest signs for Saturday’s rally in Scotia’s Collins Park, right across from Jumpin' Jack's.

Costa, a senior at Schenectady High School describes herself as "libertarian, conservative", a Ron Paul supporter.

Costa says lots of her friends oppose U.S. military intervention in Syria

“I think it’s really important to not go to war with a country that’s not threatening us…I don’t think we really know who is using the chemical weapons,” she says.

Despite all of those horrible images coming from Syria, plus allegations of crimes against humanity, Costa is not alone.

“We can’t have a knee-jerk reaction to violence or bombs. We need to work for peace,” says Mabel Leon, one of the so-called "Neighbors For Peace" who show up weekly in downtown Schenectady.

All of them are planning to be in Albany's Townsend Park on Saturday for one of many similar protests around the nation.

These protestors are clearly "not" among the 50 percent of Americans who would favor a more remote response like cruise missiles.

Now obviously, a great many Americans, 42 percent according to the NBC poll, believe that some manner of military action is necessary. So far, we have heard of no organized demonstrations.

Costa says she and her friends will be gathering at Collins Park in Scotia at 2 p.m. on Saturday.



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