• Protesters visit delegation offices
    September 06,2013

    Protesters visit delegation offices

    BURLINGTON — Protesters are calling on Vermont’s congressional delegation to vote no on the use of U.S. military force against Syria.

    About 45 demonstrators visited the Burlington offices of Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch Thursday.

    Leahy was not at the office so the group met with one of his aides.

    The Burlington Free Press reports Sanders told the protesters he has grave concerns about any American intervention.

    At Welch’s office, a staff member took notes to pass on the congressman.

    Congress is expected to vote whether to support military action after the Obama administration blamed President Bashir Assad for a chemical weapons attack that it says killed more than 1,400 civilians. Other casualty estimates are lower, and the Syrian government denies responsibility.

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