Syrian American Forum to join Tampa action opposing strike

09/06/13 Seán Kinane
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As the President makes the case for attacking Syria, anti-war activists continue to oppose a military strike. Saturday peace groups will once again take to the streets of south Tampa to say no to war on Syria. The rally begins at 6 p.m. just north of MacDill Air Force Base, the same location as last Saturday’s protest.

WMNF interviewed two organizers; Amer Baghajati with a group called the Syrian American Forum and Tom Lingo from St. Pete for Peace.

On Sunday there’s another rally and forum on Syria. This one is at the Uhuru House in South St. Petersburg. “Omali Yeshitela, leader of the Uhuru Movement will speak at a forum on the U.S. war threat against Syria and what it means for the black community.” It starts at 4 p.m. at 1245 18th Avenue South.

President Barack Obama says he will address the nation about Syria on Tuesday as he seeks public and congressional authority for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Obama wants to strike against the Syrian regime in response to a chemical attack on civilians last month that the Obama administration says was carried out by Assad's military. Obama says failing to chemical weapons use would send a signal to rogue nations…

Obama spoke at a news conference at the conclusion of a Group of 20 summit in Russia where Syria dominated much of the discussion.

Friday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid formally introduced the resolution giving President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria.

Lawmakers return from their five-week recess on Monday and will begin to debate the resolution.

A vote to move ahead on the resolution is expected on Wednesday.

President Obama isn't saying what he would do if Congress doesn't authorize his request for a military strike against Syria.

Obama has said he believes he has the authority to take limited military action in Syria with or without the approval of lawmakers.

The U.S. envoy to the United Nations says Syrian President Assad has barely put a dent in his enormous stockpile of chemical weapons that American officials believe killed more than 1,400 people outside Damascus last month.

Ambassador Samantha Power said Friday the United States has exhausted all alternatives short using of military force to deter Assad from using chemical weapons on his own people in the future.

Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue helping Syria even if it comes under attack.

He added that Russia has been supplying weapons to Syria and maintaining economic cooperation.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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