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Local Protesters Await President's Speech on Syria
DAYTON -- The nation awaits President Barack Obama's address tonight about Syria.
Obama has been trying to convince the public about the need for military action despite consistent opposition from both political leaders and U.S. citizens.
According to the latest poll, 6 out of 10 Americans are opposed to a military strike in Syria.
We spoke to local protesters who say they've reached out to local lawmakers and made their stance known. Now they wait with bated breath for the president's address.
"Everyone I know I talk to, they don't want war. So if you are representing us, the people, why do you want to go against our wish? We don't want war," said Syrian-American and Dayton resident Muna Jneidi.
Jneidi says the real issue beneath the warfare is human rights.
"Minorities are fearful for their lives because those extremists they just don't accept you as you are," Jneidi explained. "There's' a lot of refugees and displaced people where my parents live now. There are 2 million displaced people."
She fears for her family's safety and what American military action could mean for the future of her people.
"It's not like they are just going to bomb a military base. They're going to go to the infrastructure. The same thing happened in Iraq and look at the Iraq people, they are still in a civil war there."
The President hasn't said whether he would order the attack even if Congress rejects authorization, but local protesters hope Obama has a change of heart.
The congressional vote on military action is expected next week, in the days after Obama's speech.
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