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Naked People Visit Boehner’s Office, Protest Sequester Cuts

By Elahe Izadi

As if House Speaker John Boehner needed more motivation to avert sequestration, a group of protestors showed up at his Longworth office today and took off their clothes to really drive home the message.
 
The protestors reportedly stormed his Longworth office to protest medical research cuts that would come under sequestration.
 
There were at least seven protestors, including a few who are clearly men, according to reporters on the scene who tweeted photos. A U.S. Capitol Police spokesperson tells the Alley that three naked women were arrested for being naked (the charge being “lewd and indecent acts”) and that the demonstration broke up shortly after the arrests.
 
We’re still waiting for word on why the men weren’t also arrested.
 
Sahil Kapur of Talking Points Memo, who was on the scene, tweeted that the naked people were protesting cuts to HIV/AIDS research under sequestration.
 
Could you imagine if all interest groups employed a similar tactic? Given the vast and deep cuts that sequestration would bring, from defense to education, there would be a whole lotta naked up on the Hill.