HDP MP: We will spread the struggle against the isolation

Support grows for Leyla Guven on a hunger strike against the isolation in Imrali. HDP’s female MPs will be holding a statement in front of the Diyarbakir Prison on November 19.

Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-chair and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Hakkari MP Leyla Guven who has been on an unlimited hunger strike to protest the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan, and solidarity with her grows. HDP’s female MPs are preparing to hold a statement in front of the Diyarbakir Prison on November 19 in support of Guven.

MP Dilsat Canbaz spoke to the ANF before the statement and said they will spread the struggle until the isolation in Imrali is broken.


Canbaz stressed that the elected will of the people of Hakkari Leyla Guven being held hostage is unacceptable, and pointed out that the justice applied for CHP MP Enis Berberoglu is not applied for Leyla Guven and other HDP MPs, protesting the double standard in the judiciary. Canbaz added that the judiciary, now under orders from the government, continues arbitrary practices: “Just two days ago, summaries were prepared against our MPs including our Co-chair Pervin Buldan. HDP Antep MP Mahmut Togrul was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Justice and the judiciary are clearly not with us.”


Canbaz said Leyla Guven has gone on a hunger strike despite her health issues and stressed that all who favor peace and democracy must defend this will shown by Guven. Canbaz added that as women in the parliament they will support Guven’s political decision to the end and stressed that “Today is the day to support Leyla Guven.”

Canbaz said Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan hasn’t been heard from since April 5, 2015 and stated that they won’t accept this isolation imposed upon peace in the person of Öcalan. HDP MP Dilsat HDP MP added, “We do not accept this absolute isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Mr. Öcalan and will spread our struggle from the streets, to the parliament and to prisons until the isolation is broken.”