Thousands of people gathered in cities across the U.S. on Friday, April 7, in protest of President Trumps decision to attack a Syrian airbase said to be the facility which conducted chemical attacks against Syrian civilian on April 4, 2017.
In downtown Los Angeles, a crowd of nearly one thousand people holding signs and chanting anti war slogans marched through the streets from Pershing Square to City Hall, where leaders delivered a message of solidarity with the Syrian people.
“Money for jobs and education, not for bombs and occupation!” Chanted the crowd as it passed L.A.’s busy Grand Central Market and on toward City Hall.
“We anticipated this,” Said one of the march organizers, John Prysner. “We had designs prepared and printed all these posters this morning,” John said about the yellow signs being held by the majority of protesters as they walked down Broadway Street. “We are here to protest this act of U.S. aggression.” When asked what ordinary people could do John said, “Dont mourn and get organized.”
People hung out of cars and out their apartment windows to record the commotion as it came rumbling up the street.
“SHUT THE F*** UP!” Said one red-faced man from his fifth story window. As he ran back inside to surely grab something to throw, I pulled out my cell phone to record his next move. Sure enough, he returned to quickly throw a golf ball down at the protesters and then slam his window shut. Luckily, no one was directly hit by the mans cowardly assault.
“What do we want?! Hands off Syria! And if we don’t get it? Shut! It! Down!” Chanted the crowd as it moved slowly towards city hall, carrying Syrian flags and pictures of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad.
“You support a terrorist! The Syrian people are happy!” Said a Trump supporter from across the street, with about five or six other Trump activists who supported his decision.
“Trump is saving lives,” the man with the MAGA hat and the American flag draped over him told me. “Where were you guys when Obama bombed the middle east?” Said another man holding his American flag tightly.
At the end of the day I found myself arguing with a Trump activist who believed that it was in ours and the Syrian peoples best interest to attack Syria. As a left, one person told me to be cautious of the man I was talking to, saying that he was a “full-on facist” who records peace activist and makes fun of them on his Facebook page.
People interested in organizing in California should check out Answer Coalition and the refusefascism.org websites for more information.