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Demonstration held in Woodruff Park against military action in Syria

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A small group demonstrated in Woodruff Park on Monday to send a message to Georgia's delegation that they do not want military action in Syria.

Irving Penso said he attended to let lawmakers know not everyone agrees with military action.

Samira Mitias said she left Syria more than 40 years ago when she was in her 20s. She said she is against U.S. airstrikes in the country.

"We are not with the government, but we don't want fanatical people to take over Syria. We want the Syrian people to fight for Syria," said Mitias. She went on to say the country is already destroyed and if the U.S. wanted peace they should have intervened a long time ago.

"I don't think America needs to be the police of the world," said Mitias.

Monday night, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-GA, put out this statement:

"After carefully weighing this very important issue, I have decided that I will vote against the resolution to authorize a U.S. military strike in Syria.

"Over the past week, I have traveled my state and have talked personally to hundreds of Georgians. Thousands more constituents have contacted my office by phone and email. It is clear to me that Georgians overwhelmingly oppose our country getting involved militarily in Syria.

"The administration's lack of a clear strategy is troubling, and the potential fallout following a military strike is also troubling."

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-14, put out this statement:

"I intend to vote against authorizing the president to use military force in Syria. The Obama Administration has not provided a clear or convincing strategy for inserting our military into the conflict. I am also deeply concerned about the extent to which al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists are involved in the rebellion.

"President Obama has made clear his opinion that this situation does not currently present a direct or imminent threat to the United States. If a resolution to authorize force fails to pass, the president must refrain from engaging militarily in Syria."

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