Local groups protest action in Syria

Several local events Monday nightfocused on the crisis in Syria.

At Burnside park in downtownProvidence, the message was clear: protestors don't want the U.S. to takemilitary action in Syria.

The demonstration was organizedby activist group, splitting with the president, who they'vesupported in the past.

Local organizer ChrisCurrie told NBC10, "I voted for Obama.{} But I'm very disappointed in whathe's doing now.{} I think he has sold out apparently to the militaryindustrial complex."

The president is trying to getCongress to support the use of force, as his administration claims the rulingregime in Syria used chemical weapons to kill more than 1400 people.

"Yes they're doing horriblethings there, but we're going to go there and kill children because they killchildren.{} It just doesn't make sense to me," said protestor Mariah Burns.

And some at the demonstrationsaid it sounds like the build-up to war in Iraq all over again, despite theObama administration claiming it has proof of chemical weapons use in Syria.

Lee Clasper-Torch of Providence,said, "We know that's horrific.{} We know that's horrendous.{} Everyonefeels in their heart of hearts that's something that shouldn't happen in theworld.{} But does that mean we should be going in bombing when we don'thave the right intelligence, the right information."

Protestors suggested morediplomacy or a neutral United Nations peacekeeping force could go in to Syria.

Meanwhile, up the street, atBrown University, a prayer vigil for peace was held on the campus green.

Among those in attendance, AmjadKinjawi, who was born and raised in Syria and still has family there.{}"They happen for now to be in an area that's not been shelled much.{} Butthey leave the house, they don't know if they're going to go back home.{}Whenever they leave, actually I have my sister when I talk to, she says goodbyeto all her family before she leaves," Kinjawi told NBC10.

Kinjawi thinks the U.S. shouldplay a humanitarian role.{} "I see my children actually in every child thatI see the picture of being killed, slaughtered, or lately with the chemicalweapons, all those children gasping for air.{} They don't deserve that."

Also at Brown University,students filled two lecture halls for a "teach-in" about the situation inSyria.{} Faculty members with expertise on the Middle East aimed to educatestudents on the history and issues surrounding the crisis.

A roundtable discussionwith similar goals was held at Roger Williams University.