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Tynwald building turned red as World Aids Day is commemorated

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The Tynwald building in Douglas was lit red last night to mark World Aids Day.

Today (Sunday) is the day on which millions of people who have died because of HIV/Aids are remembered.

Click here to view a past story about it.

On this video, Lee Clarke-Vorster of the island’s HIV Support Group, explains why the event is being held.

Today the island’s police officers are wearing red ribbons to mark the day and the Tower of Refuge is being lit red.

A statement from Chief Constable Gary Roberts reads: ‘We will be wearing the red ribbon, the symbol of World Aids Day, having been asked to do so by our partners within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT).

‘This isn’t a political statement nor a statement of political correctness.

‘It is about the police understanding the world around us and the community we serve. Over 35million people across the world live with HIV. Over two million were infected last year.

‘Already 36 million have died and more than 1.5m people die every year. There are 3.3m children – many of the orphans who have HIV.’

Last night a candle-lit vigil was held next to the Tynwald building.

There will be another commemoration today at 2pm at the Empress Hotel in Douglas.

 

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