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Broad range of protesters expected outside GOP debate at USF

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January

Monday night's Republican presidential candidates debate at the University of South Florida is expected to draw protesters from across the political spectrum.

Making its public debut, for example, will be a coalition of organized labor, student radicals and anti-war activists that has issued a nationwide call for a march on the first day of the Republican National Convention.

"We're expecting a couple of hundred protesters out there from a number of different groups and coalition members," said Dustin Ponder, an organizer with Fight Back Florida, a group created to bring together unions and young people.

Also expected is at least one group opposed to President Obama. Authorities are hoping for peaceful demonstrations, but say their response will be determined by how groups conduct themselves. Full story here.

[Last modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 11:50am]

    

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