Hunger striker Nahide Zengin taken to hospital in London
Nahide Zengin and Mehmet Sait Yılmaz have been on hunger strike in London for 43 days demanding the end of isolation against Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan.
Nahide Zengin, who has been on hunger strike in London since 14 March, has been taken to hospital.
The Kurdish activist had been carrying out the hunger strike at the Amnesty International centre for the past three days.
Nahide Zengin and Mehmet Sait Yılmaz have been on hunger strike in London for 43 days demanding the end of isolation against Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan. For the past three days they have been fasting at the office of Amnesty International which they occupied with other activists. In total, 6 activists are now on hunger strike at Amnesty’s premises.
Nahide Zengin and some activists were left outside the building and were not allowed in. Zengin remained all day outside and she finally fainted. She suffered from nose bleeding and her heart beat dropped. She was taken to hospital by an ambulance called at the scene.
The protest organized by the Roj Women's Assembly, the Union of Socialist Women, the Cultural Association of Migrant Workers (Gik-Der) and the Kurdish People's Assembly began on Wednesday when a group of activists entered Amnesty International premises. Interviews with Amnesty International executives gave no results.
Amnesty International executives closed the doors of the premises and put special security on the door. The use of toilets was forbidden to those inside. Those activists who were forced to leave the building to go to toilet were not allowed back in.
Activists given that they achieved nothing from the meeting with Amnesty International executives had decided to continue their protest until Monday. The activists criticised Amnesty poor stand, saying that the organisation’s behaviour is unacceptable. In fact for calling itself a humanitarian organisation, Amnesty has shown very little if none sensitivity towards the activists, especially those on huger strike for 43 days.