Anti-war demonstration over Syria in Stroud
Stroud protesters took to the streets at 8am today to send a message to world leaders considering military intervention in Syria.
Hastily-drawn placards covered the front of the old Curry's store in the High Street, which also publicise a protest there on Saturday at 11am.
As the UK Government appears to be holding back from military action now, protesters said a chemical weapons attack in Syria should not be the tipping point for the USA and others to intervene militarily.
"Evidence has proved from Iraq and Afghanistan that going in to a Middle East country in this way does not solve problems at all," said Stroud District Council member John Marjoram.
"Is this a way of getting at Iran? We just cannot operate like a moral policeman around the world."
He and fellow protester James Beecher agreed that the chemical attack last week was "terrible" but said there are many more avenues to pursue before military action is even considered.
"There is no side in this war that we can support," said James. "What we should be doing is a difficuilt question - at least if we wait for the United Nations weapons inspectors' report and at least wait for a UN security council vote, and it points to chemical weapons, there are still other actions that can be taken."