A small group of naked protesters stormed House Speaker John Boehner's Washington office today, seemingly concerned that taxpayer funding for AIDS research could be cut in the upcoming "fiscal cliff" discussions.
According to Buzzfeed reporter Chris Geidner, who was live tweeting the spectacle, the protesters were chanting things like, "ACT UP. Fight Back. Fight AIDS," and, "Boehner, Boehner, don't be a di**, budget cuts will make us sick."
An unfortunate video of the event shows them chanting: "That's why we have to be so nude, budget cuts are really rude!"
After that they went to: "No more budget cuts on our backs. End AIDS with a Robin Hood tax!"
Business Insider modified one of Geidner's photos showing at least four naked protesters, clad only in shoes and body paint:
The Associated Press has more:
Naked AIDS activists, with painted slogans on their bodies, protest inside the lobby of the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, prior to World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. (Photo: AP)
Here’s another image, with the simple description “gross,” via Gateway Pundit (we blurred):
(Photo: Instagram via Gateway Pundit)
Vocal-NY added that, while there were roughly 7 naked protesters inside, there were dozens more protesting in the hallway.
26-year-old Michael Tikili of New York City explained that he is HIV-positive and depends on Medicaid for treatment.
"Just the idea of these programs being cut is horrible," Tikili said.
(Photo: Twitter/@VOCALNewYork via The Huffington Post)
At least 3 of the protesters were quickly arrested for indecent exposure, according to Geidner, and seemingly given something to wear.
40-year-old Jennifer Flynn, who was among those arrested, declared: "People with AIDS are sick and tired of being pushed over the cliff...We need to make sure they stop going after people with AIDS."
Here are some photos of the arrests:
(Photo via Mediaite)
Social media outlets exploded with the news almost immediately, and Twitchy captured some of the best tweets.
"If you insist on naked protesting, at least be hot..." @DinaFraioli objected.
"For once, I wish there was a govt cover-up," Michelle Malkin added.
It doesn't seem like these activists will be "tightening their belts" in the "collective" effort to cope with the national debt anytime soon!
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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