Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Video: USF students protest Afghanistan war, education cuts

"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."

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