Hunger strike activists demand Ed Lee’s attention


A hunger strike calling for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to step down or fire the city’s police chief continued Saturday outside the Mission District police station, one of the activists said.

About 25 people had their backs to the police station’s walls at 630 Valencia St. at about 9:30 p.m. and were consuming only liquids, Bernal Heights resident and activist Ilyich Sato said.

Sato, a rapper who also goes by the name Equitto, said:

“We plan on being here until we get justice or we’re hospitalized.”

Members of the Black & Brown Social Club announced the hunger strike Thursday.

Sato said the strikers were consuming only water, coconut water, ginger tea and vitamins.

One person had passed out Saturday during the strike, but did not go to the hospital.

The activists are asking the mayor to acknowledge them, Sato said.


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