July 9th, 2009
11:16 AM ET
14 years ago

Police: 26 arrested in AIDS protest at Capitol

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Police arrested 26 demonstrators at the Capitol Thursday during their protest of federal AIDS policy.

Police said the protesters were arrested for unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.

The demonstration by dozens of AIDS activists at the Capitol Rotunda coincides with this week's congressional talks over the financing of a health care reform plan.

The group, Health Global Access Project, wants increased HIV/AIDS funding in the health care plan, including more funding for global AIDS programs and AIDS housing programs, they said in statement.

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  1. Enough

    Instead of protesting and demanding more tax dollars be spent, why don't they doing something more productive...........like raise funds for research?

    July 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Stuffit

    What a bunch of idiots.

    They want more funding for the disease that gets more funding than any other disease already! Of course, if it isn't funded the way they want it to be there will be cries of "homophobe" coming out of the woodwork.

    And, all this time I didn't think AIDS was linked to homosexual activity.

    One bright spot though, if they know what the funding levels are, presumably they've read the proposal. That's a lot more than we can say for most members of Congress.

    July 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Tom

    What country are we talking about here? China?

    July 9, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. RR

    AIDS gets more funding per victim than cancer, and AIDS is 100% preventable! so quit complaining!

    July 9, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Doug

    Arrested for unlawful assembly....these are Americans? Arrested for going to meet their members of Congress....disgusting.

    July 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Here's an idea... how about stop practicing behaviors that spread this disease?

    July 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Sanity

    Hmmm. Let's examine what are the biggest cause of death. All are non-preventable and AIDS is not even in the top 10. AIDS is totally preventable by living a moral life (yes i know that a small number are infected accidentally by contamination). Just because a certain segment of the population has a disproportionately high rate of preventable infection does not mean it should have a priority.
    Besides I thought everybody believes in Darwin; survival of the fittest and all that. In other words, you reap what you sow.

    July 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    We want more! We want more! We want more! Will these leftist groups ever stop? Geez....you have your president, now be happy with that.

    July 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Bruce

    Bush poured more money into HIV/AIDS then any President since this thing started. I'm sure Obama will do the same. How much is enough? Forgive me if I sound bitter but there are plenty of other diseases that people get through no fault of their own. Most people get HIV/AIDS through sexual contact. But no, the gay population or the swingers population don't want to hear about it. They've never heard the expression charity starts at home, meaning, quit switching partners so much and stick to one mate and you will be surprised at how fast the number of HIV/AIDS cases will fall. HIV/AIDS can be prevented in most cases but continue to climb because of the free-wheeling sexual activity of thoughtless people. For those that get HIV/AIDS other ways, then by all means, they are helpless victims that deserve to get the treatment without bankrupting them.

    July 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    I hope you idiots that blame the spread of AIDS only on "practicing behaviors that spread disease" need a blood transfusion some day and accidently get some that is tainted with the virus. The ignorance on this board is astounding

    July 9, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Melissa

    Kevin, trying to solve the worst disease mankind has faced since the Bubonic Plauge is NOT greed, you child. Republicans need to grow up and start realizing that there are things that need to actually be dealt with, and you need to spend money to do it. You don't solve problems by ignoring them.

    July 9, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Robin

    More funding for a disease you give yourself? I don't think so.

    While I know 25 years ago, people were infected because of blood transfusions, that is not the case today.

    You don't want AIDS, change your lifestyle, practice save sex and don't use IV drugs.

    July 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    The people who have left comments here are scary... these are people's lives you are talking about.

    July 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Ernesto

    Sit on your hands and keep your mouth shut to prevent AIDS. Simple. AIDES is more than a disease. It's a lifestyle.

    July 9, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Scott L

    So funny. Bush increased funding for AIDS research under his plan yet nobody gives him any credit for that.

    Bash Bush. Bash Bush. Bash Bush. Last time I checked, Bush also increased the amount of $$ for funding alternative fuelds moreso than any President before him (including Clinton) yet bash Bush bash Bush bash Bush.

    I was no Bush fan, but blaming everything on Bush is pathetic. In 12 years, history will prove Bush made some blunders, but overall he was right on a lot of things.

    July 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Travis82

    For all of you who say or assume AIDS always comes from sexual contact or someone who is being careless during sex, you should do some research before you get on here and make a ignorant comment. Even people who use protection sometimes get AIDS and in some cases its married people who had a cheating spouse, think before you speak.

    July 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. flybyshoeing

    Fair is Fair July 9th, 2009 12:01 pm ET

    Here's an idea… how about stop practicing behaviors that spread this disease?

    I guess you didn't get the memo..The pope says using condoms spreads aids. Ron Reagan couldn't even say the word AIDS and ignored it thereby causing further spread of the epidemic.

    July 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. flybyshoeing

    Kevin in Ohio July 9th, 2009 12:09 pm ET

    We want more! We want more! We want more! Will these leftist groups ever stop? Geez….you have your president, now be happy with that.

    Shame on you. Why do you assume "leftistist" are the only ones that care about AIDS. They got their president, they should be happy with that? What is that supposed to mean. President Obama is President of all the people, just like any other President. I am shocked you are from Ohio.

    July 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. ThereYaGoAgain

    How did these homosexual protesters get inside the Rotunda when visitors can only get there through the visitors center with passes?

    July 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. minka from Missouri

    I worked with Aids/HIV patients years ago. At that time they received free medical care which included any hospitalizations and all medicines that were needed.. If they had private insurance the premiums were paid by the government. There was a housing allowance of $600.00 per month along with food stamps. Was that sufficient? Apparently not has there were many complaints about increasing the housing allowance.. When is enough, enough?

    July 9, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |