Iran deal with US brings thousands to Times Square protest

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TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan — Thousands of pro-Israel protesters packed into Times Square to demand that Congress vote down the proposed U.S. deal with Iran.

The "Stop Iran Rally" has drawn heightened security to the area Wednesday evening as crowds gathered behind police barricades.

Many chanted "Kill the deal!" The United States would agree to lift economic sanctions against Iran in return for measures to prevent the country from building nuclear weapons.

President Barack Obama says the U.S. considers Iran an adversary whose activities will be closely monitored.

Attorney Alan Dershowitz told the crowd democracy was "ignored" because the Obama administration negotiated the deal without congressional input.

Demonstrators also chanted about U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer's absence from the rally.