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Divisions over Syria on display as protesters gather in front of White House

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 01:18

Aug. 31 - Hundreds of protesters gather outside the White House over Syria, but opposing views stoke tension within the crowd. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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As U.S. President Barack Obama signaled he would take military action against Syria, deep divisions were on display were in front of the White House. Obama says he will seek Congressional support to take action against the country suspected of using chemical weapons on its own people. Backing from lawmakers is by no means assured. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LACY MACAULEY, ANTI-WAR PROTESTER, SAYING: "Dropping bombs on a very complicated situation doesn't make it less complicated, it makes it more of a quagmire." Others want action. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OBADAH (NO LAST NAME GIVEN), DEMONSTRATOR IN FAVOR OF SYRIA STRIKE, SAYING: "We have to stand in solidarity with the Syrian people." British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was unable to persuade the British parliament to back action, welcomed Obama's move, as did the government of French President Francois Hollande, with whom Obama spoke on Saturday. It's unclear how it will be received by Congress.

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Divisions over Syria on display as protesters gather in front of White House

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 01:18