Filipinos join protests calling for Trump to keep ‘hands off’ Syria

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

 

LOS ANGELES — Backlash in Southern California, after President Donald Trump unleashed an air strike against Syria in response to an attack.

The weekend after Trump launched a missile attack against Syria in response to what is believed to be a deadly chemical attack by the Syrian government on its own people.

Nationwide protests have begun, calling for the US to not intervene in the conflict.

“We’re here today to say us hands off Syria,” said Doug Kaufman of the Answer Coalition. “We are demanding that the racism and xenophobia under the Trump administration come to an end, and that we welcome any refugees… especially countries we’ve been destroying for the past ten years, and we demand any money that’s being wasted. We wasted $100 million last night on bombing a sovereign country, when we have 50,000 homeless people on Skid Row, when we need health care, we need education.”

Filipino activists joined hundreds in downtown Los Angeles on Friday. Another separate protest in Hollywood took place on Sunday.

In both events, protesters stressed that the conflict in Syria is a waste of tax dollars, and last Thursday’s missile launch — which left as many as 15 dead, and an air base damaged — made no real impact.

They believe it will only put US forces in harm’s way.

“It is almost for show. It’s just like the United States informed Russia before attacking,” said Arturo Garcia, from KmB ProPeople Youth. “For sure Russia informed Syria about it, so for sure the casualties or damage in air field is very minimal. We call it pyrotechnics. It’s all propaganda purposes.”

They believe that if Trump truly wanted to help Syria, he would allow refugees to enter the US.

“That’s the best reason to create more refugees, bomb Syria; then he will say he cannot admit refugees because they are terrorists,” said Garcia. “But the question is who is the United States helping in Syria. It is ISIS. The United States is helping ISIS, which Syria is trying to prevent, and attacking the bases of the ISIS.”

While anti-war groups are hoping the air strike does not escalate into a full fledged war, small groups of Trump supporters did show up to counter the rallies — believing that the President did the right thing, despite not getting congressional approval.

All eyes will be on this week’s Presidential approval ratings, while President Trump was at an all time low. History has shown that military actions have boosted the ratings of past presidents.

 

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  • Mario
    10 April 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Trump broke his campaign promises on “NO regime Change”, to stay and consolidate more
    power….Scorch Earth was implemented, to block Trumps policies in order to resign, quit, and be impeach. First month,daily mass rally, Trump won because of Russian connection,ballots re-count two times funded by NWO..2nd month Mike Flint-resigned,Trump being a counter puncher said “Trump Tower was wire tapped”. Obama moves to Tahiti for vacation, while rally, protest against Trump continue. Third month, Trump pullout Obamacare replacement.Continue to attack FBI,Intel agencies, until Susan Rice was exposed for unmasking on Trump transition team, an evidence of WH surveillance Trump no intention to quit.. 4th month. HClinton made her first public speech if she should have been elected as POTUS she she will attack Assad regime for gassing his own people. After 4 hours Trump fired missiles to Syria.Impeachment is over all opposition/enemy of Trump joined him.Obama staff on defensive,they are not untouchable anymore. Trump will continue the Russian investigations and end up to HC business deals with Putin.Trump will never stop until someone will go to jail.Trump new ally is SC and he is gaining more power everyday until the next 4-8 years.

  • h
    14 April 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Look like this Filipinos need to be pick-up by the FBI. Look if you all don’t like what our president Trump is doing, go to the airport and get the hell out of our country now. Yes this Filipinos have no class, this is not your country, so stop it with the thinking that you can say what you want to say to our president Trump.

    • Arbi
      15 April 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

      For 30 pieces of silver, “h” will do you anything for you. Idiot!

      • h
        16 April 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

        Hey Arbi, if I find you I’ll turn your ass into the FBI, for nothing…..Get the message ass hole.

        • Arbi
          16 April 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

          toilet bowl flush sound …

          • h
            17 April 2017 at 10:12 am -

            Hey Arbi, I’ll flush you down the toilet bowl, where all trolls belong in the shit house, like you.

    • Arbi
      17 April 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      H”, you’re a brainless and uneducated human being (?) who tried to speak but says nothing of value. Go fetch!

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