AIDS and Occupy protesters wearing Robin Hood costumes were arrested after chaining themselves together and blocking traffic in the Wall Street area. There were nine arrests.
About 10 chanting and sign-waving protesters conducted the action on Wednesday in lower Manhattan.
Police used chain cutters and wrestled protesters to the pavement in the middle of Broadway. New York Stock Exchange workers jeered from the sidewalk as the handcuffed protesters were loaded into vans.
It was a prelude to a larger march.
The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and other groups gathered at City Hall. They'll walk down Broadway ending at Trinity Church near Wall Street with a tribute to loved ones lost to AIDS.
ACT UP was formed in New York in March 1987 amid the growing AIDS crisis. The organization now has worldwide chapters.