ALBANY, N.Y. - The local chapter of a national anti-war group said their Saturday protests were just the beginning of their campaign to try and stop U.S. intervention in Syria.
Concerns about the U.S. taking military action in Syria was a catalyst for protests Saturday in Scotia and Albany but also across the country. As the Obama administration seeks approval from Congress to intervene, anti-war groups like the United National Anti War Coalition are gearing up for more protests.
Joe Lombardo is part of the group. He said members will hold a peace vigil in Albany Wednesday.
"By all these actions we help build a movement," he said. "We make connections with each other. We build a movement that can do a whole lot of tactics, that can lobby that can protest."
Lombardo hopes the protests will show Congress that a large number of people don't want to see the U.S. get involved.
But some like Huub Geurts want to see the United States help. Geurts is from the Netherlands. He said the alleged chemical attack that has killed hundreds in Syria is a threat to everyone.
"Not just the USA only, a problem for the whole world and not just only the USA," Geurts said. "I hope the French and the Germans and the other countries from the EU will be with Obama and take some action in Syria."
Congress will be back in session September 9th. A vote on the issue is expected sometime soon after they return.
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