As the prison hunger strike in support of Abdullah Öcalan’s freedom reaches its 73rd day in Turkey, another hunger strike has begun in the city of Limassol in Cyprus.
The hunger strike in the Makmour Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan is on its 52nd day and the strike in the Lavrio Camp in Greece is on its 35th day.
The new hunger strike in Limassol has attracted the attention of Cyprus’s media.
Union of United Democratic Centre Party (EDEK) deputy Kostis Efstathiou paid a visit to the strikers and said the isolation and imprisonment of Öcalan was unacceptable.
Meanwhile, the Kurdish politician and hunger strike participant Lezgin Serhat commented on the aim of the action and criticised the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) alliance.
Strike began on 27 November
Prisoners in Turkey announced the beginning of their hunger strike via the weekly phone calls they made to their families on 27 November.
Elsewhere several prisoners have joined the strike in prisons across Turkey.
Activists in the Makhmour Refugee Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan and in the Lavrio Camp in Greece also began hunger strikes.
It has also been revealed that prisoners who were on hunger strike have been subjected to mistreatment in several Turkish prisons. Human rights organisations drew attention to the seriousness of strikes launched under pandemic conditions and called on authorities to resolve the issue.
So far the strike has spread to 107 prisons in Turkey.