Dozens of AIDS activists gathered Wednesday outside of City Hall in New York City to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts to AIDS services. Nine activist were arrested, reports Gay City News.

The mayor has proposed eliminating nearly $10 million to programs that assist people living with HIV/AIDS with housing needs.

Police took nine demonstrators into custody after they moved their protest into City Hall and began chanting “What do we want? Housing for people with AIDS! When do we want it? Now!” in front of the mayor's second floor office.

The event was organized by members of Housing Works and New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN).

Housing Works operates a number of thrift shops around the city and uses the proceeds to help people living with HIV/AIDS.

The protesters were charged with disorderly conduct, held overnight and released on Thursday.

The activists say Bloomberg has it within his discretion to use federal stimulus money to fill a nearly $20 million deficit in public health services. A claim the mayor denies.