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Four students began a four-day fast in the rain yesterday in front of Massachusetts Hall in an attempt to foster awareness of the "dangers of inequitable distribution of economic and political power."
Daniel Hirsch '72, one of the demonstrators, said that students at Harvard are part of an elitist economic and political hierarchy that wields power in wide areas. Because of the emphasis on grades and success, students must submit to the Harvard education "which produces people who perpetuate our oppressive, exploitive society," he said.
The fasters contend that students should have a say in investment policies of the University and the content of courses.
"Our hunger strike is an irrational act," Hirsch said. "It doesn't do anything but make people hungry. But you can't say something unless you give up something. And no one gives up anything at Harvard," he added.
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