A student who has lived on nothing but tap water for seven days is looking forward to his first meal in a week as he breaks his fast today.
The Daily Post reported “Elfed Wyn Jones, 20, from Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd, started his hunger strike on February 20 to highlight the “serious need” for powers over broadcasting to be devolved to the Welsh Assembly.
The third-year Aberystwyth University politics student told the Daily Post: “I’m in high spirits and very positive. I’m looking forward to my first meal of home-made vegetable soup.
“I am having something easy to digest and soft to eat to start off, because my stomach has contracted after a time of not eating.
“I feel that I have lost a bit of weight and feel and look a bit different.”
Mr Jones said he walked to pass the time but felt tired due to the lack of nourishment.
“I’ve had a bit of pain in my stomach and have been drinking a lot of water which has filled me,” he said.
“One of the things that has kept me going has been to ask people what they have been eating and to get them to describe it as I have imagined what they’ve had to eat.”
This afternoon, Mr Jones hopes to reach Cardiff to deliver a speech at the National Assembly.
He said: “I am also looking forward to hearing the subject being debated at the Senedd on Thursday. That is what has kept me going.
“It’s not been easy, but I accept my responsibility as a citizen and as someone who’s realised the importance of this to our democracy and our language.
“I genuinely think that this is a crucial question for our democracy in Wales.
“If people don’t get the right facts about who makes decisions in their name, if they don’t understand how they’re governed, our young Welsh democracy is in serious danger.
“At the moment, fewer than half the population realises that the Senedd in Cardiff runs health, despite 20 years of devolution.
“Decisions about broadcasting in Wales have to be made in Wales if our politicians are to be held properly accountable for their actions.
“Welsh language broadcasting hasn’t had any respect from Westminster, with little development in terms of radio, television or new technology for decades.”
Heledd Gwyndaf, chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith, said: “Elfed’s action has inspired a lot of people, and has kick-started a wider national debate.
“Over 50 people are already refusing to pay their television licenses as part of this campaign” here.