Hunger strikers pose for photo outside the Environment Ministry, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Pia Francis)
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Eleven young activists affiliated with the You Stink group camped outside Environment Ministry in Downtown Beirut have been refusing food since Sept. 3, rejecting any form of negotiation that does not include Mohammed Machnouk's resignation.We would rather die of hunger," the Salah Jbeily, one of the strikers,told The Daily Star.Nearly all have been briefly hospitalized over extreme fatigue or loss of consciousness, but upon being discharged, each one returned to the protest site to resume their strike. Our common purpose ties us together, and our belief is making Lebanon a better place," Jbeily said.The activist added that a few days ago, officials tried to urge them to end their hunger strike in exchange for their participation in a committee aimed at negotiating the current crisis.
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