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Two District AIDS activists were arrested Tuesday when they walked into City Hall, demanded a meeting with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, and squatted in a doorway outside one of the mayor’s offices in defiance of a police order to move.

Larry Bryant, a co-chair of D.C. Fights Back, and Matthew Kavanagh, a member of the group, were arrested outside the mayor’s bullpen, where his staff meets, and led away in handcuffs. The men were part of a group of about 200 protesters who recognized World AIDS Day by demanding that Fenty work harder to pare down a three-year-long waiting list for housing for people suffering from HIV and AIDS.

Police originally said the men were charged with a felony for blocking the entrance of the office and ignoring three commands to move aside. But the charge was later downgraded to a misdemeanor.


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