Day 2 in civil disobedience at Amnesty International office
The civil disobedience action started at the Amnesty International office on Wednesday continues for the second day.
A group of Kurdish demonstrators started yesterday a civil disobedience action at the Amnesty International office in London to protest against the aggravated isolation imposed on Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan. While six activists continue the hunger strike action they commenced yesterday, several people are supporting them in and out of the AI office.
The protest demonstration was organised jointly by the Cultural Association of Immigrant Workers (Gik-Der) and Kurdish People’s Assembly. The talks between the demonstrators and AI officials have not produced any results or reached an agreement yet since the launch of the protest on Wednesday morning.
Four people representing the demonstrators had a meeting with the AI Turkish Desk Chief yesterday and told about the abuses experienced by the prisoners in Turkey and stated that the silence of Amnesty International in the face of the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan was unacceptable.
The group also submitted the AI Turkish Desk a dossier containing details on the matter, calling on the organization, which has so far remained silent, to undertake responsibility and take action as thousands of prisoners are on an indefinite hunger strike demanding the end of the isolation, and their health conditions have already exceeded the critical threshold, with several prisoners having already been put in solitary confinement.
During the one-hour meeting, the Kurdish activists urged Amnesty International to release a statement condemning the isolation of Öcalan. When their requests were not met, six activists announced starting hunger strike resistance in the AI office.
While police units deployed at the scene are trying to prevent people from entering the building, demonstrators are faced with inhuman impositions as they remain determined to continue their protest.
AI officials have locked the bathrooms in the building and are trying, together with the police, to prevent the activists from receiving some urgent needs such as water from outside in an attempt to make the demonstrators end their protest.