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Thursday 1st
posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

EIGHTIES Aids activists reunited last night to launch a campaign against cuts to HIV services and privatisation of the NHS.

Direct action group Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (Act Up) announced it was to go back into “creative and confrontational street activism” as part of new network We Are Still Angry.

The launch was held at the sold-out London screening of documentary film United in Anger: A History of Act Up.

Act Up London spokeswoman Florence Goddard said: “The current HIV epidemic and growing cuts to HIV prevention and support services right across the UK are a huge concern.

“We will continue to fight against them in historic Act Up style until justice prevails.”

Government figures from 2012 revealed that 44 per cent of HIV-positive people who underwent work capability assessments had their benefits cut.

Act Up was well known during the 1980s and ’90s for organising demonstrations and stunts as part of their advocacy work for people living with Aids.

Last year, Act Up London commemorated World Aids Day by dropping half a tonne of horse manure outside Ukip’s headquarters.

The stunt was a response to Ukip leader Nigel Farage saying that migration into Britain should only include “people who do not have HIV.”

Act Up London was also involved in a protest “cabaret” outside Mr Farage’s local pub earlier this year.

Internationally renowned HIV and gay rights campaigner Peter Staley celebrated the launch of the new campaign, saying: “On behalf of Act Up New York’s alumni, we’re thrilled to see the UK acting-up again.”