WASHINGTON (AP) — Three members of a protest group calling itself “Occupy the Vote D.C.” say they are embarking on a hunger strike to publicize long-standing demands for full voting rights for residents of the nation’s capital.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the three protesters will cease eating in support of aims they called “D.C. democracy.” Many District residents and elected leaders have sought full representation and voting rights in Congress over recent decades.

It was unclear whether the three protesters would accept liquid nourishment. The report said the three chose McPherson Square Park as the scene of their fast. That square and other sites in the capital have been frequent rallying points for Occupy movement protesters who have largely demonstrated peacefully despite sporadic confrontations with police.

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Comments (93)
  1. RTC says:

    Why can’t more “occupiers” take the same kind of action … it would go a long way to solving the problem.

    1. Nick says:

      I would prefer they protest by self-immolation like buddhist monks, or mistreated Tunisian shopkeepers.

      1. Mannie says:

        I’ll contribute the gasoline and marshmallows.

      2. Spanky says:

        Surely they’d prefer corn-based ethanol over fossil fuels!

      3. wounded_defecators (project) says:

        Liberal, Neo-conservative useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
        Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thank you heroes for all of your service.
        For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachiks of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers, lest the streets flow with blood.

    2. Pas De Deux says:

      I Heartily Concur… This Group Would Have Us Believe That They Are The Sole Proprietor Of Governmental Discontent And That They Alone Possess The Singular Answer To Changing A Dysfunctional Government. To The Exclusion Of All Else They Demand That Not Only The Government, But That The De Jure Citizens Acquiesce To Their Authoritarian Occupancy. While Most Individuals Find Agreement In Ending The Influence Money Has Over Our Representatives In Government, That Commonality Of Thought Ceases There. This Horde Specifically Denies “Individual Rights”. They Espouse: Banning Private Ownership Of Land; Banning Individual Wealth; Banning Individual Gun Ownership; Banning Individual Workplace Choice; Banning Individual Jurisprudence And An Ad Nauseam Abnegation Of The “Individual”… It Is Time To Severely Discipline These Wayward Children And The Dysfunctional Government that Tolerates Them. Keep In Mind They Both Believe You Should Give Them All You Presently Own. They Feel No Great Compunction To Earn Their Keep…

    3. miked says:


    4. nocturnesthesia says:

      Maybe if more people followed the example, we can get the obesity level under 30%.

  2. charlie says:

    no one cares if they eat or dont eat the occupiers mean nothing to us

    1. Justin Tyme says:

      I’m guessing they will sneak out for snacks…..they have the cowardice of their convictions, poor babies…

  3. Troy Young says:

    Oh man! I’d love to set up a mobile taco, pizza, or hot pretzel stand right in front of ’em!

    1. charlie says:

      they have not taken a bath and there stench would overpower the great smell of your truck

    2. Yashreka says:

      What do you expect to be paid with? IOU’s?

    3. Mr. Truth says:

      That’d be great!

    4. Jeff Cooper says:

      Excellent idea and very capitalistic of you.

  4. gram says:

    Not even free food?

    1. Chris says:

      I don’t think that they could resist any free handout. It’s just not in their DNA.

    2. Richard says:

      they dont have a job…..everything they eat is free……

  5. pitter43 says:

    Maybe they should just hold their breath LOL.

  6. UpChuck.Liberals says:

    Oh please, don’t do us any favors. These clowns rank right up there with Barry for as much as the real 99% care about them.

  7. Joe Nelson says:

    No one cares if they eat or not!

    Why is this even “news”?

    1. charlie says:

      its news cause if they starve obummer can blame it on bush

  8. Sarge says:

    Now if we can only get them to stop defecating.

    1. Scottiedont says:

      I’d say their not eating will handle that.

      Police cars and street lamps everywhere will feel safe once again.

  9. Interested says:

    Hey, will that mean they will quit sharting on everything.

  10. Interested says:

    Only if they were as interested in hard work, self responsibility and fiscal responsibility as making arses of themselves.

    Oh well, not everyone can be a member of civilized society.

  11. brewitstrong says:

    Please, oh please stop eating. The world would smell better and besides, I hear human ash makes fertilizer.

  12. Truly perplexed says:

    When will they actually protest those in government that took all the money from the banks and then bailed them all out?

  13. Roger says:

    SHOW ME what Starvation death looks like.. THIS IS what starvation death looks like

  14. Jack Tripodous says:

    Great! They should set up a web cam because I would pay good money to watch a few of those lowlife tramps attempt to starve themselves to death. I’m betting they last up to 36, maybe even 48 hours!!!

  15. Carl Curmudgeon says:

    This should cut down on public defecation and excrement on police cars…

  16. lastmanonthewall says:

    If they stop eating , they WILL stop defecating! Problem solved!

  17. J says:

    Maybe they think it will help keep their living areas clean because then they won’t have to poop.

  18. still don't care says:

    When are these “occupiers” going to realize that nobody gives a sh!t?

  19. Chas says:

    Fasting huh? Have the advanced diretive ready! Three less in the Square, more room for taxpaying citizens.

  20. Jon says:

    So don’t eat no one cares. This movement was dead over 2 months ago.

  21. Chris says:

    If D.C. were majority Republican voters, or even if they were a swing district, I guarantee you that they would not lift a finger to get D.C. full representation, let alone go on a hunger strike.

    1. Josh Biggs says:

      Representation is for the independent states of the union not a gov’t run city state. Maybe you should simply keep your residency in your state of origin.

  22. Jay says:

    Great idea! then they will stop defecating in public! Win-win!

  23. Josh Biggs says:

    So if they start eating before the crisis is solved that makes them hypocrites…. If they really had a core belief they would die before taking another bite of food.

  24. john chrislip says:

    No one really cares what these spoiled children do. Think of them no more.

  25. David Huser says:

    According to the Daily Rash, Occupy Wall Street organizers are using prostitutes to deter rapists at demonstration sites. At least they’re trying to clean things up a bit. http://www.thedailyrash.com/occupy-wall-street-hires-prostitutes-to-combat-rising-rape-allegations

  26. TimX says:

    With a little luck, soon they’ll be starving for more than just attention.

  27. HaHaHa says:

    All white liberals should follow their example and stop eating,maybe we should put them in concentration camps and make them keep their words.I would pay thousands of dollars to watch them die from starvation.The only good commie is a dead commie.

    1. Dave says:

      All WHITE liberals? How about ALL liberals?

  28. BigBoa says:

    They’re trying to “bring attention” to their cause? Wow, did ANYONE know these protests were going on? They really need to get the word out…… Apparently there are problems going on in the nation……

    Morons….. They get media coverage when they have 10 or 15 people show up in some towns…. When they have crowds of 100, the media act like it is some massive assembly. Now, if they would protest at capitol hill and the whitehouse, they might actually get some support. But that isn’t their aim. They are part of O’Bozo’s “people’s army”…..

    The public should arm up, show up and disband their sorry butts….

  29. arine72 says:

    Well at least we will not have to look at one of them defecating on an auto or the street or the park.

  30. RC says:

    Three less idiots that need feeding!

  31. sj says:

    Hahahah these cows are going to do a hunger strike? Yeah right! the first time they feel the twinge of a real hunger pain they will go running for the nearest Mc D’s Why dont they just save everyone the time and just light themselves on fire like the Buddhist monks do.

    1. Tom says:

      I started laughing so hard at this comment I almost split my gut.

  32. rw72 says:

    I love it, “largely demonstrated peacefully despite sporadic confrontations with police.” Meanwhile the actually peaceful and law-abiding tea partiers are violent/hateful/etc. Maybe the writer of this article will join the hunger strike.

  33. Mahakala says:

    Now if we can just get them to stop breathing.

    1. Out2Sea says:

      Darn, you were 7 mins quicker than me. LOL

  34. Ben Dover says:

    Let them eat cake.

  35. Out2Sea says:

    They are going to stop eating, oh no, oh no……….I wanted them to stop breathing.

  36. ZMEEKER says:

    Was there ever one hunger strike that had netted the desired outcome?

  37. You_stink says:

    Go! Heros! Yes do not eat and you should not drink water either. Die for the cause brethren…
    I got your back!…
    I will proudly carry your smelly corpses to the undertaker…with gloves and a gas mask of course.
    I think that all the occupiers should follow suit and start hunger strikes for the cause.

    1. Justin Tyme says:

      Undertaker? Why just not take ’em out about 12 miles to sea…save a bunch of money….

  38. Databyter says:

    It’s unfortunate that we will witness this self flaggelation and they will suffer and nobody gives a damn, becausethey do NOT represent the 99% but are in fact the 1% of fidiots.

  39. Whitecloud says:

    Well, it would be a grand Christmas wish come true if these “useful idiots” did stop eating. They upside is that they would be less full of fecal matter and they would wither & wilt. The downside is that history is on the verge of repeating itself. These “uselul idiots” are the brown shirts in the modern National Socialists Party (acting in place of the Democratic Party). Do they know who Adolf was ? Do they really know math since they are no where near being 99% rather than0.099%. It would be nice to have a real leader in the White House instead of this userper and sabatour.

  40. walter12 says:

    If they want to die for communism, let them.

  41. Jerry says:

    Oh Boy! When do they stop breathing! I want to see THAT protest! Occupiers: The vast majority of Americans think you are fools. Please feel free to catch the next one way flight out..if you have any money (doubtful).

  42. Mike says:

    more food for me!

  43. Sunshine Connie says:

    Will they turn in their food stamps? I hear there are starving children in America.

  44. Drake says:

    They should protest as Camp Crystal Lake.

  45. radicaltruth says:

    oh… they still want liquid nourishment… what brave souls. meal replacement shakes are easy to come by these days. pathetic sensationalism.

  46. nolie says:

    Nobocy should get excited about this. These folks are liberals and the ones who are sober on election day will vote democrat. As democrats, their motto is lie, cheat and steal. Saying they are going on a hunger strike means nothing. They could have had a bite of tofu in their mouths as they were announcing their hunger strike.

  47. constantvigil says:

    Excellent: natural selection at work…

  48. constantvigil says:

    Simple quiz for the occupy movement: which is worse, a corrupt government – which we have under Obama – or a corrupt wall street – clue: which “ironically” we also have under Obama?

  49. galute says:

    reptiles do not eat very often anyway

  50. meadowlands says:

    Who cares??? They will self destruct and save taxpayers the money they are costing with this nonsense.

  51. michaelp says:

    The communist party, along with communist Van Jones, ACLU, Seiu, and the rest of thee Anti American organizations are behind the movement. While everyone is looking at the OWS ! Obama and crew are destroying America ! Banking scam still going on ! Fannie and Freddy want more billions ! Holder getting away with murder ! Socialism running wild. Ell Obama ran on full government control and the race card.

  52. mekongdelta69 says:

    I was trying to see a problem with this…

    but I can’t.

    : )

  53. jaydub says:

    Starving for attention (see what I did there)…this may take weeks before the final solution bears out…perhaps they try Russian (oooh how very commie) Roulette but with only one empty chamber…hate to see this drag out through the Holidays…cheers!

  54. Andy Pandy says:

    Everyone has the right to die for their cause. Extortion, however, is not acceptable, so I hope they accomplish nothing but dying (if that is their desire).

  55. dthall says:

    The Occupy groups “claim that the 1%ers are the problem, they have all the money, they are holding us back” They also tell us that the 1% and businesses have over $2 to 3 trillion dollars in cash that’s not being put into the economy. Occupy groups don’t realize that by saying this, that they are admitting that Reagan Trickle Down economics is what they are wishing for to save the economy.
    I agree with you on that point, the Producers are the ones to start the

  56. JohnRalph says:

    Meanwhile, Mein Führer and Her Royal Highness Queen Moochelle, will dine on Italian White Alba truffles, Kobe steak, blue lobsters and they’ll wash it down with a bottle of Rothschild’s Chateau Lafite 1869, out of a brown paper bag, Chicago style. While we must eat our peas… and learn to appreciate it.

  57. billybeer says:

    Occupy D.C. Faction Says No Meals Without Representation, Will Stage Public Hunger Strike


  58. sb36695 says:

    That should get rid of the cr@p on the sidewalks.

  59. Pedro Cuervo says:

    It’s still a free country. Let them do their hunger strike in peace, for as long as they wish.

  60. Clearhead says:

    Ya ‘member ’em ducks up yonder in Lynn MA? When ‘at lil’ ole lady quits a-feedin’ ’em, they’ll stop all that poopin’ in the park. Well, ’em OWS’ers’ll do the same, an’ yur parks an’ pleece cars’ll be a lot cleaner and less stinky. Good idee !!

  61. Al Tango says:

    Dear occupyholes:

    Why not stage an air strike. Vow to not breathe for just one hour. It isn’t a very long time and it could make a convincing statement about your seriousness.

    Do it underwater to prove you are not cheating.

  62. Justin Tyme says:

    Never could figure out the point of a hunger strike. Seems like a pretty darn foolish action, all in all.

    I mean, who frackin’ cares? Oh wait…there will be medical costs, won’t there…yep…another burden on our health care system by those expecting freebies…

  63. Spanky Spankster says:

    Does this mean that their mommy’s staff no longer has to bring gourmet meals?

  64. rho1953 says:

    This is a problem? It sounds like a solution to me.

  65. Libs Hate Facts says:

    The heroin these lib lunatics are using helps with killing their appetite. Hopefully they will OD instead. 3 less disease infested, drugged out Obama supporters.

  66. tomSERVO says:

    Why don’t the “Occupiers” give up rape first, then if they want to move on to food, then great.

  67. Controse says:

    Now we are getting someplace.

  68. abbey says:

    Are we supposed to care?

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