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Protesting took a turn for the ridiculous today when at least seven nude protestors stormed the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) at the Longworth House Office Building. More nude activists were in the hallway outside his office, joining in the protest. Budget cuts being proposed as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations led these activists to strip down in protest.
Chanting things such as “budget cuts are really rude, thats why we have to be so lewd,” and other catchy phrases, the protestors were aiming to bring attention to the proposed $1.2 billion in cuts to HIV/AIDS funding under sequestration. Congress and President Obama must find a way to reduce the deficit by $2.3 trillion over the next 10 years, and this is part of the suggested cuts. As it stands, cuts will take place in January including cuts to HIV prevention, AIDS drug assistance, and AIDS research.
According to reports, the three female protestors were arrested for indecent exposure, but there is no information on the four male protestors. Is this what civil discourse has come to in this country? They're protesting the government trying to save their financial hide by baring theirs? Unbelievable.