In Temple Terrace, opponents of Assad regime differ on intervention needed for Syria

02/20/12 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)

“Everyday 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.”

“Right now it’s a situation of war, lives are lost. For intervention I think it’s inevitable.”

“Yes at this point we need foreign intervention because Assad is relentless. He’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.”

“Well I think Assad should be ousted by force because that’s the only language he understands. I believe it’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.”

For WMNF News, this is Alvaro Montealegre.

information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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