Posted at: 09/01/2013 9:47 PM
Updated at: 09/01/2013 10:38 PM
Local Peace Advocates Against Strikes On Syria
(ABC 6 News)-- While congress waits to take action, many people are asking for world peace. There people locally who are against U.S. strikes on Syria.
A group of protesters gathered in downtown Rochester today, asking for peace instead of war. Pope Francis has publically advocated for a peaceful resolution as well, and many local Catholic churches agree staying away from military action is the best solution.
Their signs say it all, more than a dozen locals took the streets Sunday, protesting the possibility of U.S. strikes on Syria.
"I don't believe that going in with bombs is going to solve the problem," said Henry Kliewer of Rochester.
"This one's particularly demoralizing. It is hard to believe that we are again attacking another country," said Darlene Coffman, South East Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.
Pope Francis is calling for a negotiated settlement as well. Announcing Sunday he would lead a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace, which didn't come as a surprise to many local Catholics.
"The church certainly would always come from that perspective, that we try to dialogue that we try to work towards a peaceful resolution of things," said Father Mark McNea, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Father McNea of St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church in Rochester says some church members are on day three out of a week of prayer for Syria.
"The military solution just continues to kill and to tear up people's lives and things like that and if we can find a political solution for people to be reconciled and to build up the country again, that to me would be the best solution,” said Father McNea.
Whether it be inside the church walls or outside on the streets of downtown Rochester, many local residents are advocating for a peaceful resolution.
"We understand that the situation is very severe, so it's not that we don't oppose that kind of behavior but we don't think this the appropriate way to solve the problem," said Kliewer.
Since congress hasn't made the decision yet, the demonstrators are urging people to call their legislatures, telling them to vote no against striking Syria.