AIDS Activists Handcuffed at White House

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    AIDS activists are handcuffed after a protest outside the White House that included tying money to the fence with red ribbons and leaving prescription pill bottles. (Published Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012)

    AIDS activists were handcuffed during a protest outside of the White House Tuesday afternoon.

    Police set up a barrier at the White House fence after activists began adding money, prescription pill bottles and red ribbons to the fence. Thirteen activists were arrested, the Associated Press reported.

    "The whole world is watching," some chanted as the demonstrators were arrested.

    According to WAMU, hundreds of people marched to the White House. The group spilled out into the streets from the 19th annual International AIDS Conference, currently under way in downtown Washington.

    Among the marchers are representatives from the Women's Collective of Washington D.C., a group that has worked with more than 1,000 women and their families in D.C., according to WAMU.

    One group of protesters is asking for an end to name-brand drugs for HIV and AIDS treatment, WAMU reported. They want the drugs made generic, so that more people can gain affordable access.

    Demonstrators carried signs that read "End AIDS" and "Community Power" among other things, AP reported. They rang cow bells and chanted sayings like "Clean needles save lives" and "We can end AIDS."

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