Protesters gather outside Downing Street to oppose Syria intervention
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 00:54
Aug. 28 - Dozens gather outside Downing Street demanding ''No Attack on Syria,'' after Britain sought U.N. backing for action against Assad over alleged used of chemical weapons. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Protesters outside Downing Street on Wednesday rallied against possible British military intervention in Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament to discuss the response to the alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.
The British Labor party are planning to oppose any military action unless UN inspectors can provide firm evidence the Syrian regime carried out the attack.
Demonstrators created a road block at Whitehall, leading to heavy traffic congestion in the area.
One protester said: "I'm here today because I don't want to see Britain going to another war in the Middle-East, which I think will have terrible consequences for the region. It would be like pouring petrol on fire."
The British government drafted a resolution to put to the UN Security Council "authorizing necessary measures to protect civilians" in Syria. More than 100,000 people are thought to have died during the two years of fighting in the country.
The Stop the War Coalition said in statement while they oppose the use of chemical weapons it should not be an excuse for exacerbating an already bloody civil war. They have called for a national march to Trafalgar Square on Saturday (August 31).
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