Thousands in London, Madrid protest military foreign intervention in Syria
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of London and Madrid protesting their respective governments’ potential participation in airstrikes in Syria.
Some 5,000 people gathered Saturday in central London while holding placards that read “Don’t bomb Syria”, “Drop Cameron, not bombs” and “Don’t add fuel to the fire.”
“David Cameron’s incoherent proposals for action in Syria will do nothing to weaken ISIL but will instead inflame the civil war, deepen the misery of the Syrian people and increase the terrorist risk,” said a Stop the War Coalition member during the protest.
Addressing the British parliament on Thursday, UK Prime Minister David Cameron explained his plans for British fighter planes, already bombing the Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, to join France and the US in targeting Daesh positions in Syria.
A parliamentary vote on the subject is set to be held next week, when a large number of politicians reluctant to commence Syria attacks are expected to change their minds over the recent Paris attacks.
No to war
In Spain, at least 5,000 people gathered in the capital to protest the government’s potential involvement in the conflict in Syria.
Following the protest, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that he would hold off on any decision related to the subject.
“Decisions have to be well thought through, as in any aspect of life,” said Rajoy, adding that Madrid was also discussing the matter with its allies.