Powell booed at world summit
BY Advocate.com Editors
September 05 2002 12:00 AM ET
A speech by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell defending U.S. international AIDS and environmental policies drew angry shouts and boos from listeners Wednesday at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Powell, speaking at the summit's closing session, said the Bush administration has stepped up its support of the developing world, including helping to establish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Powell's speech was interrupted repeatedly by protesters who booed and shouted "Shame on Bush!" Two people held up a banner reading, "Betrayed by governments." Thirteen protestors were removed from the auditorium where Powell was speaking. Powell, visibly annoyed by the protesters, at one point responded to their jeers by answering back, "I have now heard you. I ask that you hear me."
South African foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who chaired the summit meeting, frequently shouted back at the protesters, calling their outbursts "totally unacceptable."
- PHOTOS: International Mr. Leather Weekend
- Poised for Perfection: Sgt. Shane Ortega Puts a Face to the Transgender Military Ban
- #TBT: Selling the Male Body
- Where in the World Are the Happiest Gay Men?
- WATCH: Alabama Jails, Fines Minister After Performing Lesbian Wedding
- Murder Mastermind Charles Manson is Bi, Raped a Man