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80 Arrested in a Los Angeles AIDS Protest




 

LEAD: Police wearing surgical masks and rubber gloves today arrested 80 demonstrators who blocked the entrance to a Federal office building to protest AIDS drug policies.

Police wearing surgical masks and rubber gloves today arrested 80 demonstrators who blocked the entrance to a Federal office building to protest AIDS drug policies.

Many of the 400 participants in the two-hour protest outside the Federal Building in the Westwood district of Los Angeles wore T-shirts saying they had the fatal disease.

A spokesman for the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power/Los Angeles, said the protest was part of a nationwide effort to spotlight the lack of health care for AIDS patients.

"The Government is neglecting people with AIDS," said Chris Roy, one of the protestors. "They've only approved one AIDS drug and 60,000 people have died."

Those arrested were charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct and released.



 


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