Activists in Esslingen go on hunger strike for Öcalan

A hunger strike that started on Friday in Esslingen and will continue alternately until 14 February to draw attention to the request for the physical freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan.

A hunger strike was launched in Esslingen. The action will last until 14 February, and will demand to break the isolation imposed on Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and ensure his physical freedom.

The hunger strike will end with a protest against the International Conspiracy in Strasbourg.

Dozens of Kurdish people visited the hunger strikers on Friday at Esslingen Democratic Kurdish Community Center. The action started with a group of 10 people.

In a statement, the activists said: “There has been heavy isolation imposed on our Leader for many years. We have not had any information about him for the last 3 years. All forces involved in the international conspiracy, especially the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), are responsible for this. Our Leader is the Kurdish people's hope for freedom and the Middle East's hope for peace. We demand his immediate release. Thousands of political prisoners have been on hunger strike in the prisons of Kurdistan and Turkey for months. At the same time, our mothers are on a justice vigil. Our hunger strike will continue until 14 February, and aims to ensure physical freedom for the Leader and to salute our mothers in resistance."

The activists added: "Today is the day to increase the resistance. We must increase our actions everywhere." They called on the Kurdish people living in Europe to attend the march to be held in Cologne on 17 February to condemn the International Conspiracy and ensure the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan.