Öcalan: End the hunger strike

17 November 2012 –  ANF – PKK Leader called for an urgent end to the ongoing hunger strike by Kurdish political prisoners. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan has asked prisoners on hunger strike to “end their fast without hesitation” during his meeting with his brother Mehmet Öcalan on Saturday.

According to Dicle News Agency (DIHA), Mehmet Öcalan said the followings after his meeting with the Kurdish leader on Imralı island; “During my face to face meeting with my brother today, he asked me to convey his message on the hunger strike to the public opinion in the soonest time. He said that; “The prisoners on hunger strike have shouldered the responsibility of those outside who should however avoid burdening the prisoners with their own responsibilities and duties. Besides my disapproval of the act of hunger strike, I believe it should be carried out by the people outside prisons if necessary, not by the people in jails. This quite meaningful act should be ended without any hesitation for it has achieved its primary purpose. I convey my special greetings to all those on hunger strike, especially to those in the first and second groups”.