HUNDREDS of protesters, some carrying mock coffins draped with flags, marched on Thursday outside the blocked-off University of Miami campus, where President George W Bush and Democratic candidate John Kerry sparred in their first debate.
Most of the protesters supported Mr Kerry. Many of them were students, union members and unemployed people.
They criticised the war in Iraq and Mr Bush's economic policies, chanting: "Kerry, Kerry, Kerry" and "What do we want? Jobs."
Security was tight on campus and there was a large police presence on the streets outside.
The demonstrations were largely peaceful and carnival-like, with stilt-walkers, drummers and people with painted faces. No arrests were made.
About a hundred Cuban-Americans, who traditionally support the Republicans, staged a protest against Mr Bush because of strict restrictions that his administration has imposed on travel to Cuba.
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