AIDS Activists Disrupt Speech by U.S. Health Secretary Thompson
April 16, 2003
Tuesday in Baltimore, six AIDS activists briefly disrupted a speech by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. The protestors burst into a tent in front of the Marriott Waterfront Hotel where Thompson was delivering a luncheon address to about 1,000 health officials at an illness prevention conference. They held up posters and chanted, "AIDS is an emergency, save the Global Fund" before being led away by security guards. One demonstrator, Allison Dinsmore of Philadelphia, said later the protestors believe the $15 billion President Bush has pledged to the international AIDS fight should go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; funneling the aid through U.S. agencies would be too slow, she said. Thompson, who chairs the Global Fund, later said the United States has donated half the fund's money.
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