College Students Protest New Professor—David Petraeus

CUNY lecture picketed by students, staff

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 14, 2013 2:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – The City University of New York may have dropped the salary of its new "visiting professor" David Petraeus from $200,000 to $1, but that hasn't silenced critics of his appointment. Petraeus' teaching appearance at the uni last week drew some 100 protestors, reports the Guardian. "A lot of our students are from countries that have been targeted by the United States," a CUNY professor who helped organize the protest tells CNN. "We don't want someone like him on campus."

Last Monday's incident was caught on a YouTube video, which shows some protestors following Petraeus down the street, calling him a "war criminal" and chanting, "Every class, David!"—a promise to be back to picket every one of his weekly lectures. "Whatever it will take to push him off our campus we will do," says one protestor, per the Guardian. "We know he teaches every Monday."

In this July 18, 2011 file photo, Gen. David Petraeus, then top commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, salutes during a changing of command ceremony.
In this July 18, 2011 file photo, Gen. David Petraeus, then top commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, salutes during a changing of command ceremony.   (AP Photo/Musadeq, File Sadeq)
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