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Monday, July 26, 2004

'Bush lies, millions die'
By Minnie Bruce Pratt

Chanting "Bush lies, millions die," protesters at the International AIDS Con ference in Bangkok on July 14 shouted down Randall Tobias, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and the former CEO of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co.

An estimated 1,000 activists staged a sit-down protest outside the conference. Some 30 people also stormed the main speaking area with banners that read "Patient rights, not patent rights," and stopped a speech by the head of the drug company colossus, Pfizer.

The focus of their outrage is a deadly and hypocritical U.S. AIDS policy that promises help and delivers nothing.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cut the number of U.S. representatives to the Bangkok conference to 60, drastically down from the 236 people who attended the 2002 Inter national AIDS Conference in Barcelona.


Arson reported at gay-lesbian bike trip camp
The Associated Press

HONOR, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of an annual gay bicycle tour say someone set a fire and left hate messages at the group's northern Michigan camp site.

The attack was discovered about 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the camp site used by Friends North, members say.

A fire destroyed a plastic portable toilet stall, and campers formed a bucket brigade to douse it. Afterward, campers found handwritten, anti-gay messages littering the site. The fire caused about $500 in damage.

"We're all very devastated," Friends North member Rose Clement of Grawn told the Traverse City Record-Eagle. "If that fire would've spread into the field, this could've been horrific."


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