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Anti-Obama protests in Sweden

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - 00:48

Sept. 4 - Hundreds of protesters take part in a demonstration against the United States during President Barack Obama's visit to Sweden. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Several hundred people gathered in central Stockholm on to protest against the United States, as President Barack Obama completes a one-day visit to the Swedish capital. Around thirty groups, mostly left-wing and peace movements, were taking part in the demonstration. Many of the demonstrators were also there because of the conflict in Syria - some calling for Obama to stay out of the conflict and some for him to get involved. At a news conference earlier in the day, Obama issued a blunt challenge to skeptical U.S. lawmakers to approve his plan for a military strike on Syria. Using his visit to Sweden to build his case for military action, Obama insisted that the world could not remain silent after the "barbarism" of the August 21 chemical weapons attack he blamed on the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The demonstrators were holding banners saying "Assange, Manning and Snowden - the real supermen", a reference to the documents leaked by Edward Snowden showing the National Security Agency monitors a vast array of email and telephone data of both Americans and foreigners. Others were showing their support for Chelsea Manning, a U.S. soldier convicted of providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in the nation's history. The demonstration started off in a square on the south island of Stockholm and ended near the parliament building, close to the Swedish Prime Minister's residence where Obama and the Nordic leaders will hold a working dinner.

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Anti-Obama protests in Sweden

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - 00:48

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