Political prisoner Hatice Arat released after18 years in jail

Political prisoner Hatice Arat was released after spending approximately 18 years in prison.

Hatice Arat, who was detained in Adana in 2007 and arrested on the allegation of "being a member of a terrorist organisation", was released from Gebze Women's Closed Prison.

In addition to her family relatives, district administrators of the Rights Equality and Democracy Party (DEM), members of the Marmara Assistance and Solidarity Association with Detainee and Convict Families (MATUHAYDER) and activists of the Free Women's Movement (TJA) welcomed Hatice Arat.

Arat said that the morale of her friends in prison was high and that they will continue to fight for their freedom.

Drawing attention to the difficulties experienced by the prisoners, Arat underlined that all parties should support this process.

Arat also underlined that the prisoners are continuing their protests for the freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan. "Someone who worked to achieve a democratic life with their ideas does not deserve these punishments. There are protests in many prisons right now. Everyone should support this protest and take responsibility. The prisoners are resisting. They all sent their greetings."

Hatice Arat then left for Siirt (Sêrt) with her family.