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Massachusetts Protesters Plan Rally Against Syria Strike

Boston HarborfestBOSTON (AP) — More than 200 protesters gathered at the nation’s oldest public park in Boston to oppose any U.S. or NATO military action in Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people there.

The U.S. says Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government launched the attack against civilians last week. President Barack Obama said Saturday he that will seek congressional authorization for the use of force against Assad’s regime.

Still, protesters gathered at the corner of the Boston Common held up signs that read “Stay Out of Syria” and “Hands Off Syria.”

They chanted “Don’t Bomb Syria! Don’t bomb Syria! Don’t bomb Syria!” during breaks between speeches opposing the use of force.

At 3 p.m., the protesters say they plan to march from Park Street to Faneuil Hall.