hunger strike


Definition of hunger strike

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

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Two dozen immigrants detained in Louisiana are on a hunger strike to protest being locked up as many seek asylum in the United States. Astrid Galvan, The Seattle Times, "24 immigrants go on hunger strike to protest US detainment," 29 Mar. 2019 The hunger strike was spearheaded by a handful of mothers in the caravan. Ari Honarvar, Teen Vogue, "Migrants and Advocates Explain the Migrant Caravan Hunger Strike Protesting U.S. Asylum Policy," 4 Dec. 2018 The package also includes seven Fresh Start shakes and 15 snacks for when hunger strikes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Where You Can Find Nutrisystem on Sale Right Now," 4 Jan. 2019 Amid pouring rain and squalid conditions of the camp in Tijuana, several refugees announced a hunger strike on Thursday, November 29. Ari Honarvar, Teen Vogue, "Migrants and Advocates Explain the Migrant Caravan Hunger Strike Protesting U.S. Asylum Policy," 4 Dec. 2018 Prisoners will conduct work stoppages, hunger strikes, and spending boycotts in the hopes that their list of 10 demands is met. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "A mass incarceration expert says the 2018 prison strike could be “one of the largest the country has ever seen”," 22 Aug. 2018 The United States is calling specific attention to the case of four Ukrainians on hunger strike, including filmmaker and dissident Oleg Sentsov. Josh Lederman, Fox News, "US urges Russia to release political, religious prisoners," 18 June 2018 The inmates will take part in work strikes, hunger strikes, and sit-ins. German Lopez, Vox, "America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states," 17 Aug. 2018 Much of the concern focuses on Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who opposed the Russia annexation of Crimea and who is currently on a hunger strike in a Russian prison. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "U.S. Urges Russia to Release More Than 150 Political and Religious Prisoners," 18 June 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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