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Greenfield man catches cold,  ends hunger strike in D.C.

GREENFIELD — The 70-year-old Greenfield resident who had hoped to go on a 30-day hunger strike with a handful of others in Washington, D.C., returned home after just seven days because he caught a cold.

“Unfortunately, the Peace House on 12th Street in D.C., which is our support house, got hit with a large batch of flu, bronchitis and nasty colds,” said Douglas E. Wight, who left for the country’s capital at the end of March and had planned to start his hunger strike on April 1 and end on April 30.

Wight, who said he was doing it for Mother Nature and Planet Earth, said he had planned to drink nothing but water for 30 days.

He spent his first night (March 31) in Washington, D.C., camping out on the sidewalk outside of the American Petroleum Institute, a symbol of the burning of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming.

“I caught a bad cold and decided to end my fast and come home,” said Wight, who said he plans to go on a 30-day hunger strike on the Town Common starting July 1, if he gets the town’s permission. He said he recently filled out a permit application at Town Hall.

“I thought I’d do it when the weather is warmer,” he said.

Wight, who is a member of Occupy Franklin County, will most likely have to go before the town’s Board of License Commissioners to get permission to strike on the common.

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