People have staged a demonstration in the Canadian city of Toronto to protest against a potential US military intervention in Syria over unsubstantiated claims that Damascus has used chemical weapons.
Chanting slogans against the US warmongering policies, demonstrators on Saturday marched in front of the US consulate in Toronto under heavy rain. Organizer of the protest Sid Lacombe dismissed Washington’s claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its people, saying a military strike on Syria would lead to countless civilian casualties.
“We are not going to support the United States government as it launches yet another incredibly brutal, immoral and illegal war based on lies, ” Lacombe, who is with the Canadian Peace Alliance, said.
“Barack Obama! You got the Nobel Peace Prize not to start war… Don’t start a war that nobody will know when and where it’s going to end,” said Rehab Saad, a protester. The protests come as Obama is pushing Congress to authorize military strikes on Syria. The US Congress will officially start debating the US administration calls for war when lawmakers end their recess on September 9. The recent war rhetoric against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the Middle Eastern country and its foreign-backed opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. The Syrian government categorically rejected the accusation. On Friday, world leaders ended the Group of Twenty developed and developing economies (G20) summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, while remaining deeply divided over military action in Syria. At the end of the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow and a great majority of the world leaders who attended the summit opposed a unilateral military offensive against Syria. Meanwhile, European foreign ministers on Saturday agreed that any strike on Syria should wait until after UN inspectors publish the results of their study on the sites of chemical attacks in Syria. The UN, Iran, Russia, and China have warned against war.