Leyla Güven reached day 173 of hunger strike

Kurdish politician Leyla Güven has been on an indefinite hunger strike since November 2018 against the isolation regime executed against Abdullah Öcalan.

DTK co-chair and HDP Hakkari MP, Leyla Güven, has reached day 173 of her hunger strike demanding the end of isolation against Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan.

Her hunger strike resistance has been joined by thousands of prisoners in Kurdish and Turkish jails.

Leyla Güven began her fast on 8 November, while a first group of prisoners followed her on 16 December and many more on 1 March.

Sebahat Tuncel, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) co-chair, and HDP former Hakkari MP Selma Irmak went on indefinite hunger strike on 15 January in Kandıra No.1 F-Type Closed Prison.

Likewise, three HDP deputies, Amed MP Dersim Dağ and Van MPs Tayip Temel and Murat Sarısaç have gone on hunger strike in Diyarbakır Provincial Organization premises on 3 March.

HDP member Nasır Yağız, in Hewlêr has reached day 160 of his fast, while the hunger strikers in Strasbourg reached day 134 like activist Imam Sis in Wales.

Visitors have been going to see Leyla Güven at her house since she was released from Amed prison. Among the latest visitors were some youth from Hakkari, Leyla's constituency.