Hunger strike in prisons on day 285

The hunger strike of the political prisoners in Turkey’s prisons against the Imrali isolation marks its 285th day. The solidarity hunger strikes in Maxmur and Greece also continue.

The indefinite-rotating hunger strike launched on November 27, 2020 in Turkey’s prisons against the isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan in Imrali island continues on its 285th day. The prisoners have increased the shift of days from 5 days to 15 days as of 14 July and the 50th group is now fasting.


The hunger strike launched on December 18 against the Imrali isolation by women in the Maxmur Camp is continuing as well.

The action which takes place at the Maxmur Martyrs' Families Association has entered its 264th day.

On the other hand, the hunger strike launched by the residents of the Lavrio Refugee Camp to denounce the Imrali isolation and to embrace the prison resistance is continuing on its 247th day. The hunger strike in the camp is organised by the Revolutionary Youth Movement (TCŞ-Tevgera Ciwanên Şoreşger), the Kurdish Women's Movement in Europe (Tevgera Jinên Kurdistan a Ewropa) and Navenda Çanda Kurdistan (Kurdish Cultural Centre).

In 2018, prisoners carried out a hunger strike for 200 days. The action started under the leadership of DTK co-chair Leyla Güven and spread from Hewlêr to Maxmur, from Strasbourg to Wales. Since the demands of the prisoners were not met, 15 prisoners went on death fast on 30 April 2019, and were later joined by another 15 prisoners on 10 May.