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Wednesday, 18 April, 2001, 15:27 GMT 16:27 UK
In pictures: Aids drug protests
South African and international campaigners have turned out in force to back government moves to import or manufacture cheaper drugs to treat HIV/Aids.

The proposals would allow the sale of non-branded medicines at much less than the price charged for branded versions in the developed world.

A group of 39 drugs companies are involved in a legal battle with the South African government over the issue of patent protection and drugs pricing.

Demonstrators outside the Pretoria court
Demonstrators outside the Pretoria court

Demonstrator outside the court
As estimated 4.7 million people in South Africa are infected with HIV

Protestors in masks depicting the bosses of the largest drugs companies
Protestors in masks depicting the bosses of the largest drugs companies

ANC supporters outside the Pretoria court
African National Congress supporters want drug prices slashed

Oxfam special adviser Kevin Watkins
Oxfam special adviser Kevin Watkins outlining the case for cheap drugs
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