Kurdish political prisoners’ hunger strike ends on its 64th day

An alternate hunger strike in DBP İzmir office had been joined by 15 people including HDP administrators.

Hunger strike, which has been defined as “indefinite and irreversible,” that pro-Kurdish political prisoners launched on February 15, 2017 for an end to the isolation of outlawed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and the human rights violations in prisons has been ended on its 64th day on Wednesday upon call by the outlawed Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Presidency on Tuesday.

Over 300 pro-Kurdish political prisoners were in hunger strike in 27 prisons across Turkey. According to a report by pro-Kurdish news sources, the prisoners have made a statement and said that “We end our indefinite, non-alternate hunger strike on its 64th day in all prisons including Şakran, Sincan, Bolu, Trabzon and Tarsus prisons on call by our KCK Presidency.”

The outlawed KCK had made a written statement on Tuesday calling on to the prisoners to end hunger strike. The statement has said that “With the resistance of the prisoners, and support by the people and democracy forces, the reasons for the revolutionary prisoners’ struggle meaning the isolation in İmralı, oppression in prison, political genocidal attacks against democratic politics and fascist attacks against the people have been brought to the agenda to the necessary extend and have reached their purpose.”

April 19, 2017

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