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Anti-war protesters flock to Times Square following military action in the Middle East

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jan 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-05 07:16:05-05

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Anti-war protesters gathered in Times Square Saturday to voice their anger about the latest military action in the Middle East.

"I have been anti-war since my hippie days with the Vietnam War," protester Bonnie Keyes said.

This protest was one of dozens of protests across the United States, spurred by the U.S.-led Baghdad air strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian general.

"I get that Soleimani is a bad guy and this is not the way to do this," Connie Vasquez told PIX11 News.

Wilhelmina Perry, 85, protested because she is concerned this military action will lead to war. The U.S. is now expected to send about 3,000 more soldiers to the Middle East.

"I don't want to see young people have to go to war," Perry said.

President Donald Trump spoke in Miami Friday following the deadly strike on Soleimani.

"He was plotting attacks against Americans, but now we've ensured that his atrocities have been stopped for good."

And while the White House said this stopped an imminent attack, New York City, a top terror target, is now on alert.

Answer Coalition national organizer Eugene Puryear said at the New York City protest, "People are not standing lockstep behind President Trump, the administration and the supporters of these events in Congress. And the only way to do that is to come out and to be visible, especially here in a place like Times Square."