Rally held outside Schumer's Peekskill office in support of de-escalation overseas

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In response to the strike on Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a rally was held Friday in front of Sen. Chuck Schumer's office in Peekskill against President Donald Trump's actions.

Those rallying in front of Schumer's office called for de-escalation and diplomacy, saying war is not the answer.

"I am outraged at the fact that we are continuing to think we can solve conflict overseas with drone strikes," said Peekskill City Councilwoman Vanessa Agudelo.

According to a statement released by the Pentagon, "General Soleimani was actively deploying plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."

But the source or credibility of Soleimani's apparent plans to attack the U.S. remains unclear.

"There are a lot of question marks here whether or not this assassination was based on trustworthy information or it was provocative and something that's going to cause tremendous tension and bring us closer to war with Iran than we've been in almost half a century," says Pace Law professor Bennett Gershman.

President Trump took action without consulting Congress, something that Rep. Nita Lowey and others are calling into question. Lowey released a statement, saying in part, "Without a known, comprehensive strategy regarding Iran, such unilateral military action without Congressional notification or consultation raises serious concerns..."

The NYPD deployed teams to "strategic locations" throughout the city as a precaution. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has deployed the National Guard to city airports.

 

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