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    Posted September 12, 2013 by
    Louisville, Kentucky
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    Syrian protests in Louisville...both sides of the coin.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photographer Tracy Parker encountered Syria protests on both sides of the intervention issue in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. “As a photographer I was feeling kind of lucky to have come across the pro-involvement protest. Provided a great visual contrast,” she said.

    The protests were about a mile apart. Parker wonders if each group of protesters knew about the other. Despite one side being pro-intervention, and the other an anti-intervention group, Parker drew some parallels between the opposite groups. “I was impressed with the diversity of the group. All ages, male and female, and various ethnicities were present. They weren't doing speeches, it was more of a standing with signs and being visible type deal. Both protests seemed to be like that really.”
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    On September 7th, I went to a peace vigil and anti-war demonstration that was held in front of the parking lot of the Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky. They were focused on the current crisis in Syria and the US's possible military involvement. The event had been shared by many of my artist and musician friends so I decided to take my camera and check it out. Signs saying "No War" and "Stay out of Syria", along with the usual "Give Peace a Chance" signs were among those being held by the diverse group at the small roadside rally. A guitar rested against a nearby tree. A little boy played with a bubble shooter under the watchful eye of two older ladies, one of which was playing a drum. Lot's of cars honking as they went by in support. After documenting the vigil my boyfriend and I started our way back down Bardstown Road toward Eastern Pkwy to make the trek home. We ran across another protest that we were unaware of being held just as we got to the corner of Eastern Pkwy and Bardstown Rd. We parked, and while the boyfriend got us some coffee, I started snapping photos from across the busy intersection. This protest seemed to be for the opposite side of the coin and in favor of action in Syria. I saw a sign saying "Support Obama to protect Syrian children" with photos of dead children on it. Children carried balloons saying "Asad kills children with chemical". A teenage girl carried a sign saying "Bashar the Butcher must be brought to justice" that had a cartoon likeness of him dressed as a butcher and sharpening a bloody knife. It was a very different protest from the one I had just come from. I must have caught the tail end of it because I only got a few shots in from across the street when they called it quits. They too had lots of cars honking.
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