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Former Marine protests soldier swap

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

President Obama's decision to do a prisoner exchange with the Taliban is drawing a lot of opposition, both at the national and local level.

In the Lowcountry, a group of protesters have hit the streets armed with their American flags and posters opposing the president's decision.

The protest is taking place near the entrance to Parris Island, and it was put together in less than 24 hours. It started out when one man in Bluffton and quickly caught the attention of a Charleston group.

The South Carolina chapter of The American Patriots 3% heard what former Parris Island Drill Instructor Ethan Arguello was doing, and they came to support him.

A lot of vehicles have been driving down, honking at them as they drove by.

Arguello was stationed in Iraq from 2004-2006 with the Marine Corps. He said he lost seven of his 31 fellow Marines in combat.

The group says it's anti-American what Obama did, exchanging five terrorists for one traitor, and they won't tolerate it.

"I hold every member of Al Qaeda directly responsible for the death of each of my brothers and the injuries also," said Arguello. "Therefore, the release of those five is essentially the release of these five murderers of my brothers."

"What has taken place is treason," said Matthew Leber of the SC Chapter of the American Patriots 3%. "We've got soldiers that gave their lives, gave limbs, that gave their health physically and mentally on the battlefield, and the most important thing to this administration right now is releasing a deserter. You can't be a POW is you voluntarily desert."

The group plans to be protest for a few more hours, and they're planning to return for the next three days.

Arguello has created a Facebook page called America's One Voice and plans to return to Bluffton on Friday morning to continue protesting.  

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