BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A crowd of activists gathered in Copley Square Saturday afternoon to mark the second anniversary of the uprising in Syria, calling for greater U.S. intervention.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

The revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian rule began in March 2011 with protests in the southern city of Daraa, after troops arrested teenagers who scrawled anti-regime graffiti on a wall. It has since morphed into a civil war that has killed an estimated 70,000 people, and created more than a million refugees, according to the U.N.

George Stifos is part of Syria’s national council. He says without intervention, things will get worse.

“The longer this takes, the bigger problem it will be for the world later on.
Stifos wants to see the U.S. enforcing a No Fly Zone.

The US has openly provided non-combative support and has also supplied some arms to the rebels.
Some in congress are calling for lethal aid.

Stifos says it can’t happen soon enough.

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