FLASH – KCK: The hunger strike could end if demands met

MESOP 6.11.2012 – The Executive Council Presidency of KCK (Kurdistan’s Communities Union) has released a statement on the hunger strike which has entered its 56th day today, calling on the Turkish government to meet the “fair and realistic” demands highlighted by prisoners, ANF reports.

Pointing to the strict isolation imposed on Kurdish national leader Abdullah Ocalan, the KCK said that the removal of the measure would be the only way to unlock the current situation in Turkey. “On the basis of the struggle for the freedom of the Kurdish leader, our people and movement have enhanced resistance in all areas against the unlawful and inhuman isolation regime imposed in Imrali and the policy of violence followed by the AKP government”, it underlined. KCK described the indefinite-irreversible hunger strike by prisoners as an honourable stance against the AKP oppression and underlined that prisoners have chosen this protest without any pressure.

“Our movement and people should support this resistance”, it added and underlined that the KCK considers the demands of prisoners as reasonable and realistic demands for basic rights.

KCK continued calling on the Kurdish people to further enhance their democratic reaction and support for the prison resistance which has already entered a highly critical phase on the 56th day. “We trust the protest could be ended should the fair demands of prisoners be satisfied before death start”, the statement noted and ended with a call to the AKP government to take a favourable and constructive approach towards those working for a solution and not to consider the fulfilment of prisoners’ demands as a back-step or weakness.