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Chained AIDS protesters arrested in Wall St. area

NEW YORK — Protesters advocating for HIV and AIDS patients and the Occupy Wall Street movement have been arrested at a rally and march through lower Manhattan.

Some protesters wearing Robin Hood costumes were arrested Wednesday after chaining themselves together and blocking traffic in the Wall Street area, and others were arrested after placing furniture across Broadway in protest of policies that curtail housing assistance to people with HIV.

New York Stock Exchange workers jeered from the sidewalk as handcuffed protesters were loaded into vans. Protesters are calling for a tax on Wall Street transactions to fund health services.

The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and other groups gathered at City Hall. ACT UP was formed in New York 25 years ago amid the growing AIDS crisis. The organization now has worldwide chapters.