Protestors unite against Obama's troop escalation annoncemet

Protestors came out pounding pots and chanting furiously against President Barack Obama's announcement to send additional troops overseas.

The protest took place at the corner of Wolf Road and Central Avenue in Colonie and was part of a nationally coordinated effort to oppose the war, protestors said.

Obama announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1 he is planning to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, while protestors are calling for the troops overseas to come home.

A crowd of protestors sang songs calling for peace, diplomacy and bringing troops home while cars supporting their chants honked as they passed by.

Yes we can, yes we can, U.S. out of Afghanistan, and "Moving forward never back, U.S. out of Iraq," were sang with percussion accompaniment.

Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Guilderland Neighbors for Peace, Women Against War and Veterans for Peace were among some of the groups on hand.

"A lot of people are against the war," said Joe Lombardo, a protestor. "A lot of people gave President Obama the benefit of the doubt. We saw this as a great betrayal."

Members of the Capital District protests cited an open letter sent to President Barack Obama that calls for an end to the war and states escalation is an "utter folly" in light of the economy.

Obama said the deployment will have long-term benefits and troops overseas and are vital to stabilizing the region.

"The 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 " the fastest pace possible " so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers. They will increase our ability to train competent Afghan Security Forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight. And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans," Obama said in his announcement.

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