Repression increased in Silivri Prison in Istanbul

About 200 PKK prisoners are on hunger strike there demanding the end of isolation in Silivri Prison, in Istanbul.

The hunger strike resistance demanding the end of isolation of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan was launched by DTK co-chair and HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven.

The resistance was joined by thousands of prisoners and activists in Europe, Kurdistan, Turkey and Canada.

In Turkey and Kurdistan prisoners have gone on indefinite hunger strike on 1 March. Over 7,000 prisoners are fasting and they are suffering continue harassment and attacks.

One of the prison where repression and attacks have been experienced is Istanbul Silivri No. 5 Prison. About 200 PKK prisoners are on hunger strike there demanding the end of isolation. 

The first group of hunger strikers have reached day 132 of fast, while the other prisoners have joined the resistance on 1 March. 

The prisoners are exposing the pressures and violations they are subjected to, through their families. They are particularly worried about the health situation of some of their comrades on hunger strike. 

Some bleeding and memory loss were reported, as well as movement limitation. The prisoners were not allowed to have any communication among them in different wards and that they were unable to get information about the health of some of the hunger strikers.

TV, radio, daily newspapers and magazines have been banned, said the prisoners. Families confirmed that it has become increasingly hard to get information and news about their relatives.