Sunday, November 4, 2012

Turkey represses Kurds in the streets while hundreds of prisoners agonize in hunger strike

The Turkish police attacked Kurdish citizens in Cizre as they took part in the funeral of a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter, killed by the occupation forces. Similar repression happened also in Diyarbakir, the largest Norther Kurdish city.

Hundreds of Kurdish prisoners are in a lengthy hunger strike that has already lasted 50 days, and their very lives are in jeopardy. Their main demand is better conditions for the Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, who has been kept in almost total isolation in the prison-island that inspired the terrifying book and movie Midnight Express.

The disdainful attitude of the Turkish state towards the demands of the Kurds and their struggle in many forms, only aggravates a conflict that does not look like being solved any time soon.

Source: Euronews (video and transcription).

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