People gathered in Solothurn, Switzerland, to protest against the prison isolation conditions of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan in Turkey and to extend solidarity to the prison hunger strikers in Turkey who have raised these concerns about Öcalan as well as the nature of ill-treatment of prisoners in Turkey. Another demonstration in Norway protested against the wave of detentions that have recently taken place in Iran.
People gathered in front of the central train station to join the protest that was organised by the Solothurn Democratic Kurdish Community (CDK Solothurn). They highlighted the fact that Öcalan, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader, has been imprisoned for over 22 years in Imrali Island Prison in Turkey and continues to be subjected to prison isolation. “We will continue with our actions in order to end the Imralı isolation torture and support the prisoners’ resistance”, said Hüseyin Kaya from CDK Solothurn.
The Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) Norwegian Committee also staged a protest against the wave of detentions that have recently taken place in Iran. The demonstration took place in front of the Consulate General of Iran in Oslo. The protestors additionally drew attention to the claims of torture in Iranian prisons that have been reported.