Ex-pats protest US intervention in Syria

By Jade Arroyo

On September 11, the 12th anniversary of 9/11, a group of expats concerned about the difficult situation between the US and Syria came together to peacefully protest outside the US consulate, located at Plaza La Luciérnaga.

The group of around 20 people gathered to deliver a petition against US intervention in Syria, signed by over 220 residents. The petition was addressed to the US Secretary of State John Kerry and
delivered to the local consular agent, Edward Clancy, by his assistant, Leticia Cerritos. The group of protesters included members of the groups Global Justice and Occupy Wall Street Sanmiguel, and
the demonstration was organized by Dick and Patricia Snyder, Clifford DuRand and David Stea.

The manifestation was completely peaceful, spirited by the firm belief that the US must focus on rebuilding the country with its own resources and that violence only engenders more violence. Any military involvement in Syria will lead to a larger-scale conflict and even could escalate into a World War III, the protesters believe. The group supports the idea that the US does not have the legal authority to punish or take actions against Syria; there are world organizations, the World Court to prosecute the chemical weapons atrocities in Syria and the United Nations to foster a dialogue, to deal with the conflict.

In their signed statement, the protesters stated: “As United States citizens, we are totally opposed to the US military intervention in Syria.” All the petitions were sent by diplomatic courier to the consul at Mexico City, and from there they will be sent to the office of John Kerry in Washington.

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