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Gregory Plans Hunger Strike against Police Brutality

By Associated Press

Buffalo, NY – A civil rights activist says he's going on a hunger strike to demand a federal law against police brutality, among other things.

Activist and 1960s comedian Dick Gregory says he'll drink only liquids. He announced his plans to the congregation at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Buffalo Sunday morning.

Gregory ran for president in 1968, and later gained more fame as a diet guru and public speaker. Last year, he fasted in support of those demonstrating for peace as the US prepared for a war against Iraq.

Gregory also said the country should provide better care for Vietnam Veterans and give all citizens access to health care. He said people should be skeptical of the government while protecting their civil rights and civil liberties.