November 28, 2012

3 arrested after nude protest

The activists disrobe at Speaker Boehner's office to protest possible cuts in HIV programs.

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Three female AIDS activists saying they wanted to highlight the "naked truth" about potential spending cuts in HIV programs were arrested Tuesday after taking their clothes off in the lobby of House Speaker John Boehner's office.

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Naked AIDS activists, with painted slogans on their bodies, protest potential spending cuts in HIV programs Tuesday in the lobby of the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio ahead of World AIDS Day, Saturday.

The Associated Press

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Speaker of the House John Boehner

The trio had the words "AIDS cuts kill" painted on their bodies and had linked arms with four nude male protesters. The nude protesters, and dozens of clothed protesters chanted: "People with AIDS are under attack. What do we do? Fight back."

The three were arrested by Capitol police as they mingled with other protesters in the hall outside Boehner's district office after putting their clothes back on. The naked male protesters appeared to have left.

"People with AIDS are sick and tired of being pushed over the cliff," said Jennifer Flynn, 40, of New York City, who was arrested. "We need to make sure they stop going after people with AIDS."

The three were charged with lewd and indecent acts under the District of Columbia's disorderly conduct law, a Capitol police spokesman said.

The protest occurred as congressional leaders and President Obama seek a deal to avert automatic spending cuts and tax increases in January.

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