Hunger strike in Madrid in solidarity with Kurdistan political prisoners

 By YESCA (Castilian Youth):

Kurdistan citizens in Madrid have joined the hunger strike that started in September 12nd when 63 Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey began a hunger strike for a political solution to the Kurdish conflict, and that nowadays involves thousands of people (around 10,000) striving in different prisons across Turkey.

To support this strike, Kurds living in Madrid have also wanted to show their respect and join their compatriots in these demands. The hunger strike in Madrid started on Saturday 10th, and will last three days. The Kurdish demonstrators are based in the headquartes of Asociación Cultural Castilla Comunera, in Vallekas, a neighborhood in southeastern Madrid. They are supported by Yesca, a youth collective from Castille, which is also fasting in solidarity with them.

They are striving to gain respect from the Turkish state for their basic human rights that have been suppressed for dozens of years. Basic rights such as, for example, the right to use and be educated in their mother tongue and political rights such as the rights to freedom of expression and the right to equal citizenship. In addition, the strikers seek freedom for Abdulla Ocalan, the Kurdish leader of the Workers Party of Kurdistan (PKK) who has been imprisoned under terrible conditions in Turkish prisons for over 13 years, and who nowadays is isolated in a prison located in Imrali Island.

These claims must be considered not only by the Turkish State but by the International Community, in order to set the conditions for a peaceful and democratic negotiation for a solution to the Kurdish conflict.

There will be a press conference tomorrow, Monday 12th, at 11:30 am at: Asociación Castilla Comunera headquarters, Vallekas (Madrid),  45,Picos de Europa St

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