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Australia Engineer starves himself in 40C heat during a ten-day hunger strike protest while demanding politicians declare a 'climate emergency'

09:00  27 november  2019
09:00  27 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Daniel Bleakley, 37, along with two other activists have been protesting on the steps of Victoria's Parliament building as part of Extinction Rebellion's global hunger strike.

Mr Bleakley has only drunk water for the last nine days and has protested in temperatures of up to 40C.

But he remains determined to send a message to the Victorian Government, demanding they declare a 'climate emergency'.

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a person holding a sign: Daniel Bleakley (pictured) is on his ninth day of a hunger strike in the hopes the government will take action on climate change© Provided by Daily Mail Daniel Bleakley (pictured) is on his ninth day of a hunger strike in the hopes the government will take action on climate change

'It's really tough and I am struggling quite a lot but the reason I'm here is that I'm really deeply worried about the climate emergency that's happening right now,' Mr Bleakley told the ABC's Hack.

'I haven't had any food now for seven days, the only thing that's passing my lips is water. I'm putting a little bit of table salt in my water in the mornings but that's it.'

On the third day of his hunger strike, Mr Bleakley was forced to go home at midday after temperatures reached a sweltering 40C.

'I'm starting to feel quite weak, quite drowsy. I've lost a lot of weight. I'm still relatively focused but my speech is starting to slow down as well,' Mr Bleakley said.

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He said he was 'privileged' to be able to eat, adding that millions of people around the world would starve due to a drought from global warming.

'It's a privilege to be able to 'choose' to eat or not to eat. Many people don't have that choice. This week the news that 45 million people in Africa are facing starvation because of drought caused by Global Warming,' he wrote to Facebook.

Mr Bleakley is hoping that by the end of the week Extinction Rebellion will receive a response from the Victorian Government.

'On behalf of all millennials, Gen Zs and parents and grandparents who care about their kids and grandkids future I'm calling on the Victorian Parliament to come together to declare a climate emergency,' he tweeted on Wednesday.

In another post he said he was dedicating one day of his protest to his six-month-old twin nieces.

'My twin nieces are 6 months old. Projections suggest by 2100 Australia will be completely uninhabitable due to Global Warming. They don't deserve the future they're facing right now,' he wrote online.

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Mr Bleakley will finally be able to eat on Thursday, but said he'll be only be having fruit and juice so his body doesn't go into shock.

More than 500 Extinction Rebellion protesters have gone on hunger strike this week.

Mr Bleakley said that several Extinction Rebellion activists had met with members of parliament overseas and he's hoping the same will happen in Australia.

a person holding a sign posing for the camera: Mr Bleakely's hunger strike will end on Thursday after going ten days without food© Provided by Daily Mail Mr Bleakely's hunger strike will end on Thursday after going ten days without food Read more

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