In Temple Terrace, opponents of Assad regime differ on intervention needed for Syria listen02/20/12 Alvaro Montealegre
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is trying to broker a humanitarian cease-fire in Syria. ICRC spokesperson Carla Haddad says the group is discussing several possibilities with all those concerned and it includes a cessation of fighting in the most affected areas.
More than 5,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the 11-month uprising against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad.
On Saturday in Temple Terrace, about 45 people demonstrated against the Assad regime. WMNF asked some of them whether they support foreign intervention by NATO or other foreign powers; there was a range of responses.
(Protesters heard chanting)
â€œEveryday we sit at home and we watch the news and we watch the videos and we feel like we need to do something. I want the Syrian people to win the revolution on their own merit. I do think that they need help internationally but I think that the best way to get the support is by arming them and by training them, not necessarily by bombing.â€
â€œRight now itâ€™s a situation of war, lives are lost. For intervention I think itâ€™s inevitable.â€
â€œYes at this point we need foreign intervention because Assad is relentless. Heâ€™s been killing for 12 months. The only way that we can end this right now is not necessarily foreign intervention but we need a no-fly zone. People are being shelled from helicopters in the air.â€
â€œWell I think Assad should be ousted by force because thatâ€™s the only language he understands. I believe itâ€™s going to be the Arab forces. The problem should be solved by the Arab community and I think there are some willing nations around Syria who are ready to do something.â€
For WMNF News, this is Alvaro Montealegre.
information from the Associated Press was used in this report