Former government surveyor Benny Mok has decided to end his hunger strike, after spending 40 days outside the government headquarters, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
The 51-year-old “Mr. Hungry” said he would not hesitate to go on another hunger strike, if the government makes defamatory remarks on the student protesters or clears out the protest sites by force.
“I could also try preparing food for those who are staying at the protest sites,” he said.
Mok said an unpopular government is like a weak building that could collapse with one hit on a weak spot.
He said some passers-by insulted him by calling him rubbish, but he would respond: “Yes, I’m rubbish, but we are fighting for the future of your children.”
Mok, who is suffering from diabetes, said he has lost 30 pounds over the last 40 days as he only relied on saline solution for nourishment. However, his conditions have improved.
He said Secretary for Development Paul Chan was the only official who dared to go to work via the government headquarters footbridge where he stayed, while many pro-establishment lawmakers would avoid having eye contact with him, some of whom bumped into a pole as a result.
Mok has received words of support from members of the public, with many saying they were inspired by his action.
He believes the pro-democracy movement will continue as crowds could easily return to the protest sites after police clearing operations.
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