Anti-gentrification activist ends hunger strike
Homeless Dave says demands for social housing will continue
A formerly homeless Vancouver man protesting gentrification in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has ended his hunger strike.
The 51-year-old man, who goes by the name "Homeless Dave", ended his strike last night outside Pidgin restaurant — which has been targeted by protestors who say it is gentrifying the neighbourhood.
He drank nothing but Happy Planet juice and Sage Tea for 36 days.
Supporters say poor health and rapid weight loss convinced him to end the strike.
While his hunger strike may be over, Dave says his demands for more social housing continue.
"It's time that people of this city start taking back city hall... It has to start really with the heart and soul of this city, which is the Downtown Eastside," he said.
Vancouver police have warned they will arrest protesters who are blocking access to Pidgin after weeks of demonstrations outside the upscale restaurant at the corner of West Hastings and Carrall Str.
Several other eateries in the Downtown Eastside have been targeted by anti-gentrification protesters in the past two months, including an East Vancouver pizzeria and the iconic Save on Meats butcher shop.
Operators of the restaurants say they are working with the community to improve life for those on the Downtown Eastside.