The indefinite-rotating hunger strike launched by political prisoners in Turkey on 27th November 2020, to protest against the isolation of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan and the violations of human rights in Turkey’s prisons has reached the 68th day with the participation of the 14th group of hunger strikers.
The indefinite- rotating hunger strike was launched on 27 November in protest against the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan, who has been imprisoned on Imralı High Security Prison for 21 years and against systematic violations of prisoner rights in Turkish prisons.
Another hunger strike, led by women, was launched in Makhmour Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan on 18 December in Iraq.
In Greece’s Lavrio Camp the hunger strikes in support of the political prisoners demands in Turkey has reached one month.
The prisoners’ families continue to share their messages of support for the hunger strikers action and urge solidarity for the demands of the prisoners to be shown.
“The demands of the prisoners are also our demands,” said Gülten Abay, prisoner Birdal Abay’s sister who also previously participated the hunger strike in 2018, which was launched by Leyla Güven, the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-Chair, and who is currently imprisoned in Turkey.
İbrahim Hayme, a prisoner in Diyarbakır (Amed) D Type Closed Prison, and his brother Mehmet Hayme, a prisoner in Bolu High Security Prison, are among the prisoners who took over the hunger strike this week.
Their mother Şadiye Hayme stated that she could not see her sons for a year due to the COVID-19 measures and called for solidarity for the well-being of her two imprisoned children.