Kurdish leader goes on hunger strike to protest prison conditions in Turkey


Co-Chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş. File photo

ARA News

The Pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and MP Abdullah Zeydan on Thursday announced they will start a hunger strike on Friday.

The imprisoned HDP leader said: “In consequence of the Edirne Prison’s stance of no-dialogue, unlawful practices, inhuman practices against other prisoners, and the complete lack of good intention regarding the ending of hunger strikes that have been continuing for days, we, too, from Friday on, will begin a hunger strike.”

“We invite the public to display sensitivity regarding the hunger strikes and violations of rights continuing in prisons,”Demirtas added.

Hundreds of Kurdish political prisoners are on an indefinite-irreversible hunger strike in several Turkish prisons for 43 days since February to protest prison conditions and also demanded a return to the peace process between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Turkey.

“Their aim is to condemn Turkey’s fascist and racist system, to protest the arbitrary practices of the prison administration and the increasing violations of their rights,” said the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), a coalition of organisations from across Europe, formed by exiled Kurdish politicians, lawyers, and activists.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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