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Protest highlights plight of Haitian AIDS sufferers

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Protest highlights plight of Haitian AIDS sufferers


On the third day of the international AIDS conference in Vienna placard waving demonstrators have staged a protest to highlight the plight of HIV sufferers in earthquake-hit Haiti.

Hundreds of people marched across the floor of the venue calling for action to provide housing, food and treatment for AIDS sufferers there.

The protest organisers say as many as 120,000 HIV positive people are still living in tents six months after the earthquake that killed 225,000.

Taking to the stage, one of the protest leaders shouted into a microphone.

“Today,” he said. “We are here to raise our voices and defend people with AIDS in Haiti, to let you understand that this is the time for Haitians living with HIV and AIDS and the international community to support the fight of Haitians because the Haitian government doesn’t care, doesn’t mind that we are still dying after the earthquake.”

British singer/songwriter Annie Lennox applauded the protesters. Lennox, a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador was presenting Naina Rani with a prize for her work helping women and children with AIDS.

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