A hunger striker in Downtown Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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In a bid to force Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk to resign, a hunger strike outside his ministry entered its fifth day Sunday. A collection of tents and mattresses lies on the sidewalk beside the building which houses the ministry. One striker, Youssef Jurdy, was Sunday taken ill after not eating for four days. However, those present remained calm, as this is a fairly predictable consequence in this type of action.The man who has started the hunger strike is Waref Suleiman, a young architect. All Waref wants is for Machnouk to end his term.It also acts as a passive retaliation to the heavy-handed reaction of the security services to some of the protests.
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