China AIDS patients topple gate of gov't office
BEIJING (AP) -- About 300 AIDS patients and their relatives have torn down the main gate of a government office in central China during a protest over unmet demands for financial assistance.
Protester Li Xia says police in Zhengzhou city beat some of the patients with batons after the group gathered outside the Henan provincial government office Monday and blocked the main gate to demand a meeting with officials.
Another protester says the group pulled down the gate out of anger at being told to wait another two months for an official response.
Many of the protesters were among tens of thousands of people infected with HIV in the 1990s by a blood-selling scandal in Henan that is widely seen as a failure of government leadership.
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