Protestors Stage Rally Outside XV International AIDS Conference to Call for Increased Antiretroviral Drug Access
July 12, 2004
About 1,000 Thai and international protestors on Sunday held a rally outside the XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, to call for increased access to antiretroviral drugs, the Bangkok Post reports. The protestors chanted, "Free medication for every nation" and "Access for all," and called for the end of free trade negotiations between Thailand and the United States, saying that such agreements could protect U.S. patents on antiretrovirals, the Post reports. The demonstrators presented a letter to the Thai government, the World Health Organization, UNAIDS and International AIDS Society President Joep Lange -- co-chair of the conference -- demanding that the Thai government ensure antiretroviral drug coverage and avoid signing free-trade agreements, according to the Post (Preeyanat, Bangkok Post, 7/12).
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