#OWS calls for national 24 hour hunger strike to prevent violent police evictions. OccupyWallSt.org
The Occupiers say police crackdowns and evictions have deprived them of their right to free speech and assembly.
They say their hunger strike is for “space” which according to Diego Ibanez, one of the hunger strikers is not a “mere necessity- a place to lay our head, to eat our meals, to congregate and assemble” but is also “a symbol and a direct action.”
The protestors are demanding the outdoor space by Trinity Church of Wall Street at the corner of Canal Street and Sixth Avenue as the spot to restart their encampment.
Yet, organizers say the hunger strike will continue in jail if the protesters are arrested.
The hunger strike began in protest at the eviction of the anti-Wall St. demonstrators from their camps inside New York City’s Zuccotti Park.