hunger strike


Definition of hunger strike 

: refusal (as by a prisoner) to eat enough to sustain life

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On Wednesday, three protesters began a hunger strike, vowing to consume nothing but Gatorade until city officials expelled ICE from the city. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘I’ve never seen that before’: Activists marvel as calls for immigrant rights enter the mainstream," 7 July 2018 Another, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, has begun a hunger strike against her treatment in prison, according to her mother. James Hookway, WSJ, "Vietnam Tightens Grip on Internet With Data-Storage Law," 12 June 2018 Desperate, the remaining 750 residents at Holot, where the men had been transferred from, embarked on a hunger strike. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 The hunger strike will last 24 days to mark the estimated 2,400 children forcibly separated from their parents while crossing the border. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Activists, celebrities launch hunger strike to end Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy," 23 June 2018 Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director jailed on fabricated terrorism charges, has been on hunger strike since May 14th, demanding the release of other Ukrainian political prisoners. The Economist, "Russia prepares to welcome 1m visitors for the World Cup," 13 June 2018 Ethel Kennedy reportedly led nearly 50 members of her family in a 24-hour hunger strike in protest of the Trump administration's immigration policies last weekend. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Julia Roberts Spent Her 4th of July Week with the Kennedys in Hyannisport," 5 July 2018 In 2012, a detainee from Argentina went on hunger strike. Alex Leary And Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Who's holding immigrants in Florida? Private vendors, feds and county sheriffs, too.," 29 June 2018 Hundreds of supporters attend a rally at the site of Maliwal's hunger strike and her call for stricter laws against rapists. Manveena Suri, CNN, "Indian women's commissioner on hunger strike over rape laws," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hunger strike

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hunger strike was in 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of hunger strike

: the act of refusing to eat as a way of showing that you strongly disagree with or disapprove of something

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