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Ten Arrested at World AIDS Day protest in NYC

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.

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