Aug. 29 - As President Barrack Obama weighs the option of U.S. intervention in Syria, protesters gathered in NYC and the nation's capital to protest military intervention. Rough cut. (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT -- NO REPORTER NARRATION Protesters gathered in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. and in Times Square, New York City, to protest against possible U.S. action in Syria. Marchers held banners and posters, shouting slogans, and called on U.S. President Barack Obama to not intervene in Syria. Brian Becker, coordinator of The Answer Coalition that helped organize the protest, said Syrians were fleeing in unprecedented numbers. "They Syrians are crossing the border, right now in record numbers. Why? because they fear that the Americans are going to bomb Damascus," Becker told protesters in Washington. Meanwhile in New York City, waving flags and chanting "Hands off Syria," hundreds of protesters rallied in Times Square. "All the U.S. brings behind is death and destruction. It's the United States which is the most genocidal, murdering regime which has ever existed on the face of this planet," protester John Dennie said. The demonstration comes as U.N. chemical weapons experts are in Syria investigating an attack that killed hundreds of civilians in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus last week. Obama's recent remarks that any intervention in Syria would be "limited" and "tailored" unlike what happened in Iraq, have angered war-weary Americans. The White House is releasing a new report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria this week. Obama is seeking to win over a war-weary American public on by saying intervention in Syria, where more than 100,000 people have been killed in 2 1/2 years of civil war, would serve U.S. national security interests. U.S. security experts say evidence that forces loyal to Assad were responsible for the attack goes beyond the circumstantial to include electronic intercepts and some tentative scientific samples from the site. Despite opinion polls showing most Americans oppose deeper involvement in the Syrian conflict, Obama has been under pressure to enforce a "red line" against chemical weapons use, which he declared just over a year ago. The likeliest option, U.S. officials say, would be to launch cruise missiles from U.S. ships in the Mediterranean in a campaign that would last days.