April 23, 2018

REGION & STATE: Vermonters’ views on Syrian refugees get political

Elizabeth Nikazmerad chants at a Statehouse rally in support of accepting refugees from Syria. (Photo by Jasper Craven/VTDigger)

Elizabeth Nikazmerad chants at a Statehouse rally in support of accepting refugees from Syria. (Photo by Jasper Craven/VTDigger)

By Jasper Craven
For Vermont Digger
Protesters on the Statehouse lawn clashed Friday over whether Syrian refugees should continue to be allowed in the state amid concerns following the Paris attacks that terrorists could take advantage of refugee policies to carry out an assault on American soil.
More than 30 organizers gathered on one side of the lawn in support of refugee resettlement programs, carrying signs and chanting slogans. On the other side of the lawn was a smaller group of protesters—around seven—who were against Syrian refugee policies.
“Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here,” Elizabeth Nikazmerad, 25, of Burlington, shouted into a megaphone, leading the chant.

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