Protesters Stage Hunger Strike Outside California Hall

Photo: Protesters sit outside California Hall as a part of a hunger strike that began Monday evening.
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Protesters sit outside California Hall as a part of a hunger strike that began Monday evening.

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Approximately 25 people began staging a hunger strike in front of California Hall Monday, calling for UC officials to denounce a controversial Arizona immigration bill passed last week, among other demands.

Strikers said they are planning to camp out in front of the building for up to a week or until UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and other officials respond to their demands.

More than 100 supporters have gathered around tents in front of the building, carrying signs reading "Hungry for Justice" and "Down with SB 1070."

"This is very real to me and my family right now," said Alejandro Lara-Briseno, a hunger-striker and UC Berkeley senior.

The strikers also demanded that campus administrators drop all student conduct charges against activists, implement a "democratic, student-led" process for examining the code of student conduct, accept responsibility for clashes between demonstrators and police during the Nov. 20 Wheeler Hall occupation, end layoffs of low-wage employees and rehire already laid-off union workers.

Lara-Briseno said the strikers plan on having a mock deportation in front of the building Thursday, similar to one held last week on Upper Sproul Plaza last week.

Emma Anderson is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected]

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