Houston Residents Protest Against Syria Intervention


Demonstrators opposing a U.S. attack on Syria lined a busy Houston intersection Saturday evening, waving signs, U.S. and Syrian flags, and chanting slogans at the thousands of passing motorists, many of whom honked and waved their approval. The group numbered roughly 70 at their peak during the three-hour rally, with dozens arriving and leaving during the event.

Across the broad boulevard, counter-demonstrators in favor of raining more death from the skies on that country set up their own rally, with their own signs, their own chants, and an electric bullhorn (which requires a permit in Houston). Close to two dozen Houston uniformed policemen (plus an unknown number of plainclothes police, FBI and CIA) were on hand, but the situation remained peaceful however noisy throughout.

The only confrontation occurred when police confiscated a shoe-box full of what one antiwar demonstrator termed "seed bombs," which were packets of seeds intended to be passed around to activists for planting their own urban gardens. The police determined that the packets could be used as projectiles against the counter-demonstrators and took them away, although the activist was not arrested. Otherwise police action was limited to warning shooing demonstrators out of the street, who were attempting to get photos of their comrades.