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Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 12/20/2011

DeMorning Links: One D.C. hunger striker persists

Parsons, with girlfriend Meg Walsh, says he’s sticking with his fast. (Jacquelyn Martin - AP)
Three of four Occupy D.C. hunger strikers are now eating, Tim Craig reports at D.C. Wire. Sam Jewler, who fasted for 11 days for D.C. voting rights and autonomy, said he bowed to his family’s worries. “I was feeling pretty much the same way I was the last week, but my parents were becoming increasingly distressed,” Jewler told Tim. “I didn’t feel like it was fair anymore to put that burden on them.” But Adrian Parsons — the publicly autocircumcised one — is vowing to fast to Christmas and beyond “even as a growing number of city officials and advocates are expressing concern about the health risks associated with not eating for nearly two weeks.”

[UPDATE, 11:15 a.m: The headline has been changed to reflect Parsons’s ongoing fast; he calls to note he will continue at least to Christmas, perhaps beyond.]

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