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Thursday, November 19, 1998 Published at 10:35 GMT


Hunger strike outside Jack Straw's house

One person was arrested outside Jack Straw's house

Three animal rights campaigners are staging a hunger strike outside Home Secretary Jack Straw's house.

The small group gathered outside Mr Straw's Oxfordshire home at midnight to highlight the case of Barry Horne, who is serving an 18-year jail sentence after being convicted of a series of arson attacks on shops.

One person was later arrested.

[ image: Barry Horne was called an
Barry Horne was called an "urban terrorist"
Horne, who was called an "urban terrorist" by a judge when he was jailed earlier this year, has been on hunger strike for six weeks in Full Sutton prison in Yorkshire.

His condition is described as "a cause for concern, but not critical".

His supporters are staging a 24-hour strike to show support for him outside Mr Straw's home in Minster Lovell.

The group says it is also protesting against vivisection.

And they say they want to persuade the government to ban all animal experimentation not for medical purposes and to set up a Royal Commission to look into the whole question of experimenting on animals.

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