Protesters gather at Capitol to support Syrian people

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Hendrik Sybrandy | FOX31 Denver

DENVER -- A year ago during the Arab Spring it was Egypt, then Libya. On Sunday, it was Syria that brought protesters to the steps of the Colorado State Capitol. Close to a hundred members of the local Syrian community rallied to draw attention to the bloodshed in their country.

"It's horrible what's happening right now in Syria," said Obeid Kaifo. "It's really unlivable."

Chanting and waving Syrian flags at passing motorists, protesters said Syrian President Bashar Assad continued to target his own people in cities like Homs.

"Even Hitler did not do what Bashar Assad is doing, killing his own people," said Mahmoud Kassir. Kassir said two of his relatives had been shot and killed by snipers and a handful of others were currently in jail.

"Any human being who feels for others should be angry about that," he said.

Although no one expects the U.S. to send troops to Syria, many at the rally want this country to provide rebels with arms and other aid. They're disappointed with the international response to the Syrian crackdown and with the lack of U.S. media coverage of the crisis.

"If they (the American people) were informed about the situation then it would be different, you'd see a lot more support," said Kaifo.

"I mean people don't know the problem," said Amal Kassir. "It's not a matter of nationality, it's a matter of country pride. This is human beings being massacred, this is brothers and sisters who are being killed unjustifiably.... this is just another way of letting our brothers and sisters know we're right with them."

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