If you knew that more than 700 of your citizens might die soon, what would you do to stop it? That is the question that the Turkish government and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, faced with the massive hunger strike by Kurdish prisoners, now in its 69th day, need to answer.
The hunger strikes started on 12 September with 65 prisoners. The official number has since reached 716, with claims from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy party (BDP) that elected officials from the party might join the ranks if their demands continue to be ignored.
Consisting largely of Kurds jailed after being linked to the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), the urban wing of the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK), a guerilla group recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU, the hunger strikers have three key demands. These are an end to the solitary confinement of Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK, in jail since 1999 and without any access to his lawyers for almost a year now; the right to defend themselves in Kurdish in courts; and the right to study in Kurdish.
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Kurds need your support by singing this petition. This strike is the biggest political hunger strike in Kurdish history. But the Mainstream media is still ignoring the strike. The Kurds organized...
Kurds need your support by singing this petition. This strike is the biggest political hunger strike in Kurdish history. But the Mainstream media is still ignoring the strike. The Kurds organized rallies to raise the awareness of the hunger strike and to be the voice of them. The reaction of the Turkish police was very brutal. They attacked peace tents with tear gas and water, where the mothers of the prisoners also were on hunger strike. Most of them were injured. The MPs of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) were also attacked and injured. The resistance of the Kurds will continue until they achieve the rights which were extorted by the State. The resistance of the Kurds is getting bigger and angrier because of the brutality of the Turkish State.