BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:58 A.M.) – Political prisoners belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Women’s Liberation Party started a hunger strike on Wednesday to demand the release of their leader, Abdullah Ocalan, from prison.
The mass hunger strike follows on from three other prisons who started the protest.
This comes as Erdogan, president of Turkey and of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is attempting to monopolise power for himself.
“The AKP is trying to intimidate the opposition through its emergency decrees, arrests, detentions, and normalization of torture,” reads an earlier statement from PKK spokesman Denis Kaya, according to Firat News Agency.
“Every day, our friends that are exiled from one prison to another are searched naked and tortured. Our belongings are seized during the raids on our cells and the letters we write in Kurdish are not sent as they are labeled ‘unknown language.’”
The strikes will continue, as will protests, as “we will continue to reject this fascist and racist system and put up resistance.”