Pressure Builds as Cal Hunger Strike Reaches Day 5

By Christie Smith
|  Friday, May 7, 2010  |  Updated 10:02 AM PDT
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UC Berkeley Hunger Strike Reaches Day 5

Christie Smith

About 20 UC Berkeley students and activists on day five of a hunger strike to try and urge the university to denounce Arizona's tough new immigration law.

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It could get loud Friday in front California Hall at UC Berkeley around lunchtime.

About 20 UC Berkeley students and activists on day five of a hunger strike -- and they're certainly feeling it. On Monday, they decided to stop eating to try and urge the university to denounce Arizona's tough new immigration law. They are also making five other demands including that the campus become a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants and that charges be dropped against fee hike protestors from earlier in the year.

The hungry protesters want campus administrators inside to hear the roar of the crowds who gather for a rally. They say a meeting is planned to try and resolve a week-long strike. One week of just water, tea and salt would take its toll on anyone.

The protesting students faxed their list of demands to the chancellor.  He is out of town but apparently responded, to say that, while he doesn't care for the immigration law, he's not meeting the list of demands. Some of the hunger strikers see it as a sign of progress that he responded at all.

In the meantime, they get the word out with technology in between resting. A modern day hunger strike needs water and apps. They use iPhones, Facebook and Twitter updates -- even the good old fashioned cell phone.  They say they feel weak but will push on as long as it takes but the pressure is rising though because finals are just around the corner.

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