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NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-war protesters rallied in New York City's Times Square as President Obama announced that he would ask Congress to authorize a military strike on Syria.

About 200 people opposed to U.S. military intervention staged a noisy but orderly demonstration Saturday in the tourist-packed theater district.

Many chanted "No war on Syria!"

The rally began around noon and continued as the president said in a televised address that he favored a military strike to punish Syria's government for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians, but would ask for Congressional approval.

Protester Benjamin Koatz, a 19-year-old Brown University student, said he was glad the president had turned to Congress. But he said if lawmakers approve an attack, "it will be a disastrous decision for the U.S., the world and Syria."

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