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Protest of possible attack on Syria in Nevada City Sunday


A local protest of a United States attack on Syria will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City.

The protesters are sending out the message that Congress should not authorize a war with Syria, believing that such an attack would risk causing a wider regional war, does not defend the U.S., won’t help the Syrian people, won’t end the Syrian Civil War and won’t end chemical warfare, said organizer and Grass Valley resident Emanuel Sferios.

“We are not being threatened by the civil war in Syria. It’s certainly not going to help the Syrian people and it’s not going to end chemical warfare,” he said.

The group also believes the information the U.S. government claims to have received that the Syrian government launched a chemical warfare attack in Damascus Aug. 21 is false, that jihadist rebels were the actual perpetrators, and that the information was not reported to the United Nations.

According to the Associated Press, the White House is asking Congress to approve a punitive strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which the administration blames for the chemical attack in which 1,429 died.

The timing of the protest is the day before a Day of Action scheduled Monday in Washington D.C., the day Congress goes back into session, Sferios said.

“We decided to call our protest (on) the 8th because it’s on a Sunday and we thought more people would be able to make it,” he said.

The group also believes the Constitution has been subverted by rogue elements within the NSA and CIA, who not only illegally spy on emails and phone calls, but also provide faulty intelligence reports to elected officials in service of transnational corporations with no loyalty to the U.S.

“We thought it appropriate to have before the Constitution parade because the issues are interrelated,” Sferios said.

To contact reporter Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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