Figen Yüksekdağ, Former Co-Chairman of People’s Democracy Party (HDP) imprisoned in Kandıra (a district in northeastern Turkish province of İzmir), has started a three-day long hunger strike in support of Hakkari (a city in eastern Anatolian province of Turkey)’s Deputy Leyla Güven who is a Co-Chairman of Democratic Community Party (DTK). Three days ago, the court has ruled the continuation of detention of Güven.
According to the information, given by ETHA news agency, Yüksekdağ has started the hunger strike in solidarity with Güven, who has been held as a prisoner since last January in Diyarbakır E- type prison, which highly restricts daily basis activities of inmates.
Fifty one days earlier, Güven has begun an indefinite hunger strike demanding the lift of solitary confinement of Abdullah Öcalan, who has been in jail in a remote prison island since 1999. He is accused of leading PKK that has been waging insurgency in Turkey for decades.
Sabiha Temizkan, Güven’s daughter, met her mother four days before, and said that her mother lost 10 kgs since the beginning of her hunger strike. “Her general health condition is not bad. She can survive.”
“I have been continuing my resistance and struggle for a purpose. My action will continue until my demand is met,” said Güven as her daughter qouted.
Meanwhile, Neo-nationalist Patriotic Party (Vatan Partisi) filed to the General Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals for a closed case to be reopened against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), citing violations against the Constitution and alleged support of PKK.
Turkey, the United States, and the European Union classify PKK as a terrorist organization.