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Bloomington Residents Rally For Peace In Syria

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    Photo: Felicia Akanmu

    One protester held a sign that said, "How is killing those who kill, stopping killing."

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    Photo: Felicia Akanmu

    Protesters hold a "war is terrorism" banner.

  • Protesters hold up their signs in a stand against the war on Syria

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    Photo: TAylor Killough

    Protesters stand together against the war on Syria.

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    Photo: Felicia Akanmu

    Protesters holds banners about war and racism.

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    Photo: Felicia Akanmu

    A protester sits by his banner on the courthouse lawn.

  • Protesters Play music at the Court house square

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    Photo: Felicia AKanmu

    Protesters play and sing along to music Wednesday during a prayer vigil.

  • A Hoosier protests on behalf of the Hoosier community

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    Photo: Taylor Killough

    A Hoosier protests against the wars in Iran and Iraq.

The day after President Obama addressed the nation to build the case for air strikes against Syria, demonstrators gathered at Bloomington’s courthouse square to hold a prayer vigil.

On the anniversary of September 11, demonstrators called for peace with songs, poems, prayers and picket signs proclaiming; ’Stop the escalation,’ ‘No war in Syria.’

“It’s a civil war going on over there that needs to be handled on its own,” Brian Hugo-Kloss said. “I don’t think we should be taking sides.”

Several protesters including Hugo-Kloss said they would not support military action of any kind.

“As a free country, as a democracy, I don’t think that it is in our best interest to go and foreignly intervene in other people’s affairs,” said Hugo-Kloss.

The groups that organized the vigil plan to hold another one in Bloomington next week.

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