Thirty Soviet students began a symbolic hunger strike near the Kremlin walls Thursday, demanding the government's resignation and seizure of Communist Party property.
Inside the Kremlin, President Mikhail Gorbachev urged a group of official student representatives to support his perestroika reforms."It must be borne in mind that we are not on opposite sides of the barricades," Tass news agency quoted him as saying.
The students joined other Soviet radicals and liberals in demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikolai Ryzhkov, accused of holding back economic reform. They also backed calls for the vast holdings of the Communist Party to be privatized or turned over for alternative use.