Around 40 Vancouverites — led by three students — have given up food for 10 days to protest the arrest of thousands of Iranians during protests in the wake of that country’s controversial presidential election.

Pouya, who did not want his last name used, is on the eighth day of his hunger strike and said he was inspired by students who started a hunger strike outside the Amnesty International office in England on July 6.

“We are asking for … the release of those imprisoned during protests … (and for) all governments not to recognize Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the president elect of Iran,” he said.