Yesterday, protesters from activist groups including ACT UP, Africa Action, Global Access Project and Housing Works gathered outside the St. Regis Hotel to protest what they said was President Obama's "broken promises on global AIDS funding." Twenty people were taken into custody and eight were arrested.
According to Housing Works, there were 500 protesters who "marched holding signs reading 'No More AIDS Lies! Treat People Now!' and carrying body bags." They also chained themselves in the street. ACT UP member Henry Bennett said, "While they are inside sipping champagne and caviar, Obama’s broken promises for global AIDS funding mean people will die because they cannot afford a ‘cocktail’ of HIV/AIDS medication. Obama gave them hope, then he took it away."
Recently, the NY Times had an article on how the global war on AIDS "was falling apart."