Portland group protests US bombing in Syria


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A group of about 50 people gathered in downtown Portland Saturday to protest the U.S. airstrike on Syria. 

The Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity group planned the protest as a call to action. Organizers said the U.S. military should not “wage war” against Syria.

“If the US is serious about bringing justice to those who violate international law, they should join the  International Criminal Court. However, since the US itself is guilty of violating those laws– with Friday’s strike being a prime example– that may never happen,” group leader Dan Handelman said in a press release.

The rally started around 4 p.m. at Terry Schrunk Plaza with people carrying signs expressing their disapproval. 

“Syria hasn’t done a thing to us so we have no business going over to a sovereign country and acting like we have the right to change their regime,” protester Rob Ranta said.

Protesters also said the Trump administration should be focusing on issues within the United States like education and healthcare rather than issues abroad. They pointed to lingering health problems for those impacted by the Flint water crisis as a problem that has yet to be fully solved. 

Protesters said they plan to return if there are more bombings. 

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