Several hundred demonstrators held signs and chanted at the intersection of Dale Mabry and Gandy Saturday to protest the U.S. going into Syria. The demonstration came just hours after President Obama announced that the U.S. should send missiles to Syria, but asked Congress to vote on it first.
"We have no reason to be in Syria," said Lucas Overby, a Libertarian candidate for U.S. House District 13. "It's a civil war and I really think the only thing we can do is make things worse. I really think we should let them fight their own battles."
The demonstrators echoed the sentiments of other protesters around the country and world. Similar events were held in London, Washington, D.C., and Houston.
Their message: going into Syria would be repeating the same mistakes the U.S. has made in the past.
"The outcome would be that this would be another Iraq war," said Rich Levinson. "This is basically what we have done in Iraq, what we have done in Afghanistan, and Heaven knows what will be coming up next."
In contrast to the president who says he has credible evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people, the protesters say he is wrong.
"He (the president) didn't provide any evidence whatsoever, " said Chris Ernest, a spokesman for St. Pete Peace. "He needs to give us evidence."
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Mr. Overby's status as a congressional candidate.
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