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Hunger strike in Turkey

Thousands  of Turkish people held rallies in Ankara, Istanbul and Diyarbakir since  the first day of hunger strike, to show to solidarity with Kurdish  political prisoners on hunger strike since Sept. 12.                 
Turkish government still ignorance on this issue and also showing  brutal acts against the protest which shows solidarity with hunger  strike. On the 28th September in Batman City ,member of the city council  in BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) Emanet Eneş was shot from his head.                 
 There are 715 Kurdish prisoners in Turkish jails are on hunger strike,  including women and children, students many of them imprisoned without  trial and others serving long terms in legal party activities. On last  days, 10.000 more kurdish prisoners declared to participate in indefinite irreversible hunger strikes.                 
 The demands of Kurdish hunger strikers are                 
 -the end of the isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan;                
 -the end the ban on using kurdish in defense statements at criminal courts;                
 -the end the ban on mother-tangue education for Kurdish pupils.                
To fulfill these rightful demands means to open the way to peace in Turkey.                
 Kurdish prisoners are continuously subject to lengthy solitary  confinements, sudden night raids and torture. The Turkish prison  administration also deprives Kurdish political detainees of the simple  right of bathing, access to clean clothes and family visits. Prisoners  also suffer as a result of an improper diet and a lack of medical  attention. According to the Human Rights Association of Turkey (IHD),  there have been reports that the hunger strikers have been beaten,  isolated and denied vitamin B1, salt and sugar water.                 
 While the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has recently hinted at  the possibility of restarting talks with Öcalan, the AKP(Justice and  Development Party) has not yet commented on the hunger strike, and  pro-government media have ignored the topic. In Turkish Prison more than  8,000 BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) politicians and activists were in  jail – of whom 4,000 were arrested in 2011 under arbitrary terrorism  charges – including MPs and serving Kurdish mayors.2048 Students are in  prison to under anti-terror law.                 
 According to lawyers who visit the hunger strikers, several are now in a  critical condition and the Ministry of Justice has refused to grant  doctors permission to check on fasting inmates. The ministry was not  available for  comment.            
 Turkey has a history of "death fasts": in 1996, 12 inmates died during  hunger strikes protesting against isolation cells in high-security  prisons, while a fast against the cells between 2000 and 2007 claimed  122 lives.
Call, write, fax or e-mail the Turkish State  Department, and the Turkish Embassy to ask them to end the suffering of  Kurdish political prisoners held in Turkey jails. Show your solidarity  for Kurdish prisoners on hunger strike.                                  
You can also participate in ongoing actions by  writing "Kurdish political prisoners are on hunger strike in Turkey" or " don't keep quite about ongoing hunger strikes in Turkey" on the moneys. You can also leave messages on small papers in public areas like supermarkets.               
President Abdullah Gül 
Adress: T.C Cumhurbaşkanlığı Genel Sekreterliği 06689 Çankara, Ankara   
Tel: +90 312 470 23 08
Fax: 90 312 470 13 16