Demonstrators in the Bay area rally against U.S. strike in Syria

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TAMPA, Florida - There is growing opposition to a U.S. military strike in Syria.

Dozens of people gathered at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Gandy Boulevard hours after the president said he would seek congressional approval to take action in the country.

"We're in a country that has been just coming out of a recession. We've been fighting two wars. We don't need this," said demonstrator Shirley Dye.

Several organizations joined forces for today's protest, including St. Pete for Peace, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Nature Coast Coalition for Peace & Justice, the Peace & Freedom Party of Florida, The Refuge, and Catholic Worker Pinellas.  

Among the crowd of demonstrators was a group of Syria immigrants who oppose any U.S. intervention.

"Let the Syrians solve their own problems," said Amir Gabhajati. "They should let the coalition against the regime, make them sit down."

In a NBC survey, 50 percent of respondents oppose U.S. "military action," while 42 percent said the U.S. should take action.

There are some lawmakers in Congress who have rallied behind the president.

"I don't think among the family of civilized nations that we can allow him to get away with this and as far as I'm concerned we should have struck today," said Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson on Saturday.

Republican U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan released an opposing statement on Saturday:

"President Obama made the right decision to seek congressional authorization as he considers launching a military strike against Syria. Serious questions remain as to the wisdom of committing American military might to a civil war in the Middle East where the lines are blurred between friend and foe. The President needs to explain to Congress and the American people why he believes U .S. military involvement is vital to our national security," he said.

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