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Protesters disrupt Bill Clinton's AIDS conference speech in Melbourne

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Liam Mannix

Protesters carrying banners have disrupted Bill Clinton’s speech moments after he began speaking at an AIDS conference in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The protesters disrupted the former US president's speech with the chant: "Clinton end AIDS with the Robin Hood tax".

The tax's advocates are pushing for a levy of US50 cents on every $US100 of stock trades. 

Supporters believe the tax would discourage financial market speculation and trading, while the funds raised could be put toward social purposes - specifically, in this protest, the fight against HIV/AIDS.

An event promoting the Robin Hood tax had been organised around the AIDS conference by a Spanish health rights foundation, Salud por Derecho, and a French organisation, Coalition PLUS.

Clinton remained calm under fire, asking the audience "have you got the message?" and then telling them to "give [the protesters] a hand and ask them to let the rest of us talk".

At least one tweet from Coalition PLUS's official account carries an image of a placard being held up to call for a Robin Hood Tax, with the official conference hashtag #AIDS2014.

#FTT à Melbourne pour #AIDS2014. La #TTF doit servir à la lutte contre le #sida et à la solidarité internationale pic.twitter.com/IR6GmGmLeo

#AIDS2014 #AIDS activists demand Robin Hood tax at Bill Clinton talk pic.twitter.com/rQT2jxTVbI

Protesters disrupt Bill Clinton speech at #AIDS2014 conf in Melbourne pic.twitter.com/ftcMeUPJ1V

- with Caroline Zielinski

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