Looming Syria vote prompts protestsAP , Associated Press
Sep. 7, 2013 8:16 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-war protesters are turning out to voice their opposition to a U.S. military strike in Syria.
At least 150 protesters picketed the sidewalk in front of the White House on Saturday and marched to Capitol Hill, chanting slogans such as "They say more war; we say no war" and carrying signs that said a war on Syria would be "Built on a Lie."
The demonstrators said their picket line is one that Congress shouldn't cross as it prepares to vote on the issue.
Medea Benjamin, a founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, said "There is a grass-roots uprising against the Democrats and the Republicans."
Many lawmakers in both parties oppose Obama's request for Congress to authorize using military force against Syria for a deadly Aug. 21 chemical gas attack the Obama administration blames on President Bashar Assad.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee cleared the authorization measure earlier this week and the first votes by the full Senate could come Wednesday.
Concerns over military action spawned other protests across the country, including one in New York City's Times Square and a prayer vigil in Boston.