London hunger striker: “If we die, we’ll be dying with smiles on our faces”

First published by The Canary

Right now, Kurdish people around the world are waiting in anticipation. They want news as to whether the Turkish state has finally lifted the isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.

Thousands of hunger strikers and 30 death fasters have been putting their lives on the line to force Turkey to give Öcalan regular access to visitors and lawyers. Many hunger strikers are close to death. Kurdish MP Leyla Güven will soon reach her 200th day without food.

But positive news could be on its way. For months, international activists have been campaigning, demonstrating, occupying buildings and pressuring MPs. They have particularly focused on the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), asking it to take action and visit Öcalan in prison.

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