Ten HIV/AIDS activists were arrested Tuesday morning at a protest during a World AIDS Day reception hosted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Police spokeswoman Gina Sarubbi said the protesters were arrested when trying to chain themselves to a gate. The group was protesting the Bloomberg administration’s cutting of funding for services for people living with HIV and AIDS, including housing.
Housing Works, a homelessness and AIDS services group, organized the protest. The group’s chief executive, Charles King, was among those arrested.
“We will not come here every December 1 and pretend that the mayor cares about the well-being of New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS until he proves it with his budget and his policies,” King said before being arrested.