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Dozens gather in Evanston to protest US intervention in Syria

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The opinions on whether or not the U.S. should strike Syria is top of mind for people in Chicago. Around 100 protesters gathered along a busy street in downtown Evanston, making their point against U.S. intervention quietly and calling for the United States to Wage Peace instead of dropping bombs.

"By faith I am a Mennonite and we're a pacifist group denomination and we really feel there's usually a nonviolent alternative to war so my hope is as human beings we can sit down over ice cream or cookies or something and figure this out," Evanston resident Dan Coyne says.

Many of the people held signs, others lit candles, but they shared a common goal: to stand against any military action. They called for more diplomatic efforts and then congressional approval before any missiles are launched against Syrian targets.

"We have tomahawk missiles, we have a lot of them and you know what? We'll have them next week, we'll have them two weeks from now," protest organizer Marcia Bernsten says.

But some Syrian-Americans believe that without U.S. action, more Syrians will die at the hands of their own government, possibly through the use of chemical weapons.

"Honestly, in this case it is not like Iraq, it is not like Afghanistan," Suzanne Kawamleh believes. "This is a unique situation with limited and targeted strikes like President Obama has set forth could make a very big difference."

Some of the protesters fear that any military action by the United States could result in an escalation of conflict in the Middle East.

"I believe that drones are going to destabilize that country," Shelia Culkin says. "I don't know what's going to happen when we do that what's going to happen to the other countries when they react."

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