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Vt. peace activists rally against military action in Syria

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Demonstrators want their voices heard on U.S. involvement in Syria.

A few dozen protesters gathered outside Sen. Patrick Leahy's office in Burlington Thursday, to speak out against U.S. action against Syria. They delivered a petition with more than 200 signatures to the senator's office.

Leahy, D-Vermont, was actually in Washington. His press secretary, John Goodrow, accepted the petition and read a statement from the senator. Leahy says debate in Washington is important before making a decision.

"Last weekend I made clear my opposition to the White House's proposed resolution, and I was among the first in the Senate to do so," Goodrow read from Leahy's statement.

"It's just going to escalate. I do feel it's a terrible mistake. We won't be able to get out once we get in. We won't be able to retreat," said Hope Schultz, a protester.

The demonstrators continued to the office of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and then to the office of Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont. Sanders has expressed strong reservations about action in Syria. Welch says he is pleased the president is seeking Congressional approval, but that he has not yet decided how he will vote.

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