Anti - war demonstrations have been held in different countries across the world in protest against the US military intervention in Syria.
On August 31, US President Barack Obama announced that he was seeking Congress approval for an attack against Syria, triggering anti - war protests across the world. Demonstrations have been held across the United States, including in Los Angeles, Boston, Texas, and New York, since Saturday with hundreds of anti - war activists voicing opposition to a war in Syria. In Canada, protests were held in the city of Calgary in Alberta Province. London also witnessed anti - war protests. In Turkey, thousands of protesters thronged the streets in Istanbul, forming a human chain to show their opposition to foreign military intervention. Protesters also gathered outside the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan, describing a military intervention as " an aggression on the whole Arab world. " On Sunday, Pope Francis slammed the idea of war against Syria, stressing the need for dialogue and negotiations instead.
" War leads to more war, violence to more violence, " the Pope said, adding, " A chain of commitment for peace will unite all women and men of good will. "
He also called for a day of fasting and prayer over the Syria situation. On August 21, the Takfiri militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that the government forces had used chemical weapons in an attack against militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar, killing hundreds of people. The Syrian government has categorically rejected the accusation as part of a false-flag operation.