Five Syrian men are holdin a week-long hunger strike in front of the United Nations, to protest the Bashar Assad regime and the failure of the US and UN to intervene.
The hunger strike began at approximately 7am on Monday, and is slated to continue until Friday May 13, 2011. The men have set up chairs in a small park across the street from the United Nations, on First Avenue and 43rd Street. They have a cooler with water bottles, and they are drinking water.
The men are in good spirits, and in a jovial mood. When two of them held up an umbrella to protect themselves from the noonday sun, the other three jokingly said "Look at these aristocrats over here!"


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