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Friday, May 17

Berlin climate hunger strike: Doctors may give up on health of activist

The climate activists have said they are prepared to starve, with some becoming so poorly that attending doctors want no further responsibility.

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Friday, May 17

Berlin climate hunger strike: Doctors fear for activists’ deteriorating health

They are carrying out the protest under the motto: “Hunger until you are honest”. The aim of the climate camp in Invalidenpark in central Berlin is to force a radical change in climate policy from the German government, but for some of the activists carrying out a hunger strike, the situation looks grave.

The longest strike is being undertaken by Wolfgang M., who has been on hunger strike for almost 70 days. But it is Michael W. who is currently in serious danger. He is very weak, has difficulty maintaining his body temperature, and the attending doctors have said that they no longer want to be held responsible for his deteriorating health. In Germany, doctors are not permitted to treat anyone against their will.

The government have declined to respond to the demands of the strikers, who have commented to the press that they are prepared to face starvation. Several have signed living wills so that no one else can intervene on their behalf. Even if they fall unconscious, doctors are compelled to act according to their previously expressed wishes. On Thursday, another person joined the strike, meaning there are six people now refusing food.