Thursday, August 29, 2013

United Campus Ministries to hold vigil against attack on Syria

ATHENS – United Campus Ministries (UCM) announced it will be holding a vigil and demonstration in opposition to any U.S. military action against Syria. The vigil will be Friday, Aug. 30, 6-7 p.m. at the Athens County Courthouse on Court Street in Uptown Athens.

The theme of the demonstration is “Uplift and Support the Peaceful, Nonviolent Resistance in Syria.”

In a Thursday media release, UCM said the demonstration is intended to express opposition to military action against Syria and push the U.S. to hold regional talks and broker a ceasefire between the Syrian government of President Bashar Hafez al-Assad and rebel forces opposed to Assad.

The group is also advocating a prioritization of humanitarian aid and an immediate halt to arms sales to governments throughout the Middle East.

Participants are asked to bring signs. Sign making material will also be set up in the basement of UCM and community members can are invited to come in throughout the day Thursday until 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make up signs.

For information contact UCM, 18 N. College St. in Athens, (740) 593-7301.

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