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Local Syrian Americans rally in Washington D.C. against military action in Syria

Published On: Sep 09 2013 09:00:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 10 2013 04:53:15 AM CDT

Local Syrians rally in DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. -

A group of local Syrian Americans left early Monday morning to protest the possibility of U.S. military action in Syria.

Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent spoke with many of the people in Fogelsville last week and Monday at the nation's capitol.

Dent is against any type of military action, but not everyone in D.C. was rallying for the same cause.

Local Syrians started boarding the bus before 6:00 Monday morning.

“Instead of going back to Florida, I decided to extend my stay and not watch it on television and actually be part of this,” said attendee Susan Solomon.

The goal was to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill.

People of all ages were saying military action is not the answer.

“If we strike, this will escalate violence beyond our imagination throughout the Middle East and throughout the world,” said Reverend Afaf Atiyeh-Darcy, one of the organizers.

“People are personally and tragically impacted by whatever the United States could do here,” said PA Congressman Charlie Dent, representing the 15th District.

Dent attended a security briefing Monday evening and says he took many of the concerns he heard last week in Fogelsville and expressed them to Secretary of State John Kerry.  The biggest concern was peoples' fear that their families in Syria are in danger.

“[They] are caught between the Assad government and the Al-Nusra, or Al-Qaeda forces," said Dent.  "And how will this proposed American military intervention, which I object to, affect those Christians.”

Many local Syrians from the Lehigh Valley are Christians.

While a local delegation was protesting against military action, other groups were in Washington asking for military intervention.

Some from the Lehigh Valley say there is a way to reach middle ground.

“The president of the United States of America, the awesome country that we live in, will sit down with other world leaders and United Nations and President Assad and work out plans for peace,” said Atiyeh-Darcy.

President Obama is still speaking with all parties in Washington D.C and he will take his argument to the American people Tuesday night.