World AIDS Day 2011: Marchers Arrested in New York City

Category: / Dec 01, 2011 3:58PM EDT
Police said charges are pending against those arrested. The protest was part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has held several rallies and marches to protest the billions of dollars in bailouts given to banks during the recession. The recession that they say allowed huge profits while average Americans found no relief from high unemployment and a struggling economy. They also say the richest 1 percent of Americans do not pay their fair share of taxes. Acts of civil disobedience have been a common occurrence during these demonstrations around the country. World AIDS Day began in 1988 as a way to increase awareness of the disease, and garner support for those affected by it. This year’s theme, which will run until 2015, is called “Getting to Zero.” In hopes of reaching zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS related deaths in the years to come.