Protests were held on Saturday, April 14, across the United States and in some countries around the world against US militarism. The protests had a special focus on the US aerial attack on Syria, which occurred the night before. More protests are being held today.
The US aerial bombardment was protested as illegal under the US Constitution and domestic law. The president, under the Constitution, cannot declare war; only Congress has the power to do so. Just a few hours before the attack, 88 members of Congress wrote to President Trump calling for him to bring the issue of Syria to Congress for debate. The bombing was also illegal under international law as the attack was not authorized by the United Nations and the US was not directly attacked.
While Syria received the most attention in the protests, people also protested US threats against Iran, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela, as well as conflicts with Russia and China. People also protested the massive increase in US military spending and the escalation of the arms race, including massive spending on nuclear weapons.
People were urged to participate in the Women’s March on the Pentagon on October 20-21 and the protest against the Trump military parade planned for November 11.
Join us here at Powell and Market to protest the illegal #US war in #Syria #USHandsOffSyria #DontBombSyria pic.twitter.com/6IwtcyycFJ
— ANSWER Coalition-SF (@sfANSWER) April 14, 2018
Demonstrators gather in downtown LA to protest airstrikes in Syria https://t.co/nYIfqxHxAx pic.twitter.com/E6fX9pYWUj
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) April 14, 2018
Watch: Protests against Syria air strikes take place outside White House https://t.co/HM6DhMNDR1 via @YouTube
— dan jensen (@pastafariandan) April 14, 2018
The best response I’ve seen to the bombing of #Syria yet! pic.twitter.com/f3yvphmA9N
— Dan Kovalik ???????? (@danielmkovalik) April 14, 2018
Emergency protest against #USmilitary attack on #Syria #StandWithSyria #HandsOffSyria @RefuseFascism @TheIndypendent @nycDSAantiwar @tuneintorevcom @riseandresistny @resistwar https://t.co/dGV56ThPqX
— Minister Erik (@Bike_at_W4) April 14, 2018
Around 50 people gathered at Terry Schrunk Plaza this afternoon to protest the bombing of Syria. We’ll have an update at 5 & 6 on #koin6news #pdx #protests pic.twitter.com/g9cpPYgMsV
— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) April 14, 2018
@Detroit TODAY at 12:30pm CST: March & rally to say – NO WAR ON SYRIA! Stop the war at home & abroad! #SpringAgainstWar #springaction2018 https://t.co/MvHj9KLPrZ pic.twitter.com/MoeXt5m89O
— Workers World Party (@workersworld) April 14, 2018
Beautiful afternoon in Central Florida. Motorists answered the “Honk for Peace” appeal with a steady serenade. Public sentiment made itself clear. Americans believe #Peace is the answer. With @Jodygoesgreen @JamesMArcher #SpringAction2018 @GreenPartyUS pic.twitter.com/EsLm13q2bg
— GreenParty Lake Co? (@LakeGreenParty) April 15, 2018
In the streets of #Vancouver protesting & petitioning against #US #UK #France war on #Syria #Trump #HandsOffSyria #StopBombingSyria #vanpoli #cdnpoli #uspoli #springagainstwar pic.twitter.com/GrMiFpzZzS
— MAWO Vancouver (@mawovan) April 14, 2018
#Athens, #Greece – Massive demonstration organised by the Communist Party of Greece (#KKE) in #Syntagma Square against the imperialist attack on #Syria. #Atenas #Grecia #SyriaStrikes #NoWarInSyria pic.twitter.com/xWnNCLZN6N
— In Def. of Communism (@id_communism) April 14, 2018