Police attacked activists at Amnesty International protest

Nahide Zengin and Mehmet Sait Yılmaz, who have been on hunger strike for 44 days indefinitely, were attacked by the police.

British police attacked the activists carrying out a civil disobedience action in the premises of Amnesty International in London to protest the isolation on Öcalan and detained 20 activists.

The police has taken into custody 20 activists protesting at the premises of Amnesty International. The protest was in solidarity with the hunger strike resistance demanding the end of isolation against Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan. 

The protest action organized jointly 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's premises.

Meetings 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. 

Amnesty International called the police at 1 urging them to empty the building. Police stormed into the building and attacked the activists who were handcuffed and detained.

Those in the building were taken into custody and outside activists were also attacked by the police. 

Nahide Zengin and Mehmet Sait Yılmaz, who have been on hunger strike for 44 days indefinitely, were attacked by the police. Nahide Zengin, whose health condition deteriorated and had been taken to hospital on Friday, refused treatment and was brought back to the action place. She was allowed into Amnesty premises. 

Detainees were taken to different police stations in London, mainly in Barnet.

Amnesty International and police condemned

Condemning Amnesty International's approach to the protest, the British Kurdish People's Council said: “We want to condemn the approach by Amnesty International and its answer to the peaceful action we were carried out.”

The statement added: “Amnesty International has in fact imposed isolation for three days on the activists. They have closed their doors to activists and even refused the use of toilets to those inside its premises. We were demanding Amnesty to act as it should do, given that it calls itself a human rights organisation. Instead of listening to this demand, Amnesty International tried to intimidate the activists first, and this morning, called the police. We, as the Kurdish People's Assembly of Britain, condemn Amnesty International and its unethical and non-human approach. This approach is a smear for Amnesty International and they have made it clear that they are on the side of the oppressed.

We condemn the British police as well as the Turkish police. They have attached activists who have been on hunger strike for 44 days.”