ESP and SGDF members on hunger strike in Adana demand end of isolation imposed on Öcalan

ESP and SGDF members are on hunger strike in Adana demanding the end of the isolation imposed on Abdullah Öcalan. They called for solidarity and a common struggle.

The hunger strike promoted by the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) against the isolation imposed on Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan and the violations of rights in prisons continues.

After Izmir and Istanbul, the hunger strike moved to Adana. The hunger strike started with a press conference held at the Adana Branch of the Human Rights Association (IHD) with the slogan "Let's raise solidarity, break isolation". ESP Adana provincial executive, Emrah Topaloğlu and SGDF member Tuncay Yıldırım Özen have taken over the hunger strike.

SGDF member Tuncay Yıldırım Özen drew attention to the violations of rights, ill prisoners and absolute isolation in jails and said that the government actually “took away the right to life of the detainees.” Özen added that they have gone on hunger strike to demand the end of the absolute isolation.

Mustafa Mızrak, the elder brother of Birgün Mızrak, who is imprisoned in Bakırköy Women's Prison, said that her sister is a musician and added that the prison administration confiscated her notes, photographs and compositions, as well as her flute because “it could be used to hide explosives.”

AATUHAY-DER co-chair Nimet Sezgin said that the state does not even comply with its own law and called for solidarity and a common struggle.

Emrah Topaloğlu read the joint press text issued by the organizations and said that “the heaviest of the rights violations were carried out against Öcalan, in Imralı Prison.”

Topaloğlu added: “Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan has been completely cut off from the world. We are on hunger strike to demand the end of isolation in prisons, starting from the isolation on Öcalan and the ban on visits.”

Topaloğlu and Özen will visit some civil society organizations and political parties while on hunger strike.