"No war in the Middle East. No justice, no peace, no war in the Middle East!"
The chant was repeated over and over through a megaphone to lunchtime classmates as about a dozen University of South Florida students gathered in front of Cooper Hall on Monday to protest wars and bring attention to education budget concerns.
The group, members of Students for a Democratic Society, had planned the event to coincide with the anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001.
"Twenty-five percent of or current budget is allocated towards defense, and only three percent is allocated toward education," said 24-year-old Danielle Leppo, a student at the university.
As they marched a few blocks on campus, two young women carried a banner that read "Fund education, not occupation."