Anti-war protesters march in downtown Sacramento as tensions with Iran intensify

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- An anti-war march held in solidarity with protests happening across the country brought out more than a hundred people holding signs and chanting through downtown Sacramento Saturday.

Some of the crowd made their way to Sacramento Kings fans waiting in line to see the team play the New Orleans Pelicans.

“Part of my generation, we grew up with war and we're sick of war,” said protestor Chandler Le Françis.

The protest came after Iran’s top military leader, General Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport. The deputy head of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia was also killed in the attack ordered by President Donald Trump.

“We’ve been worried about him trying to start a war on Iran the whole time he’s been in office,” said protestor Karen Harper. “We think this is a ploy.”

President Trump issued a warning to Iran via Twitter Saturday, saying if the country’s leaders decided to strike Americans or American assets, the US has “targeted 52 Iranian sites” that will be “hit very fast and very hard.”

While protesters said they do not want to see any retaliation from Iran, they also spoke out against the latest action by the Trump administration.

“I’m heartbroken anytime we kill anybody and the justification is always suspect,” Harper told FOX40.

“We’re all out here just to nonviolently express our love and solidarity with any human being that is dealing with suffering that we kind of inflicted,” said protestor Leticia Morris.

The protests blocked several streets in downtown and midtown throughout the day but ended without any significant problems.

 

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