Solidarity hunger strike started in London
“As hunger strikers melt away ounce by ounce every day, what needs to be done is total resistance. As tens of thousands of people resist, what needs to be done is total resistance.”
As the indefinite non-alternating hunger strike launched on March 14 in London by Ali Poyraz, Nahide Zengin and Mehmet Sait Yilmaz demanding an end to the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan continues, a 15-person group mostly comprised of women started a hunger strike in support last night. The hunger strike launched with a press conference in the Democratic Kurdish Social Center in London will alternate every 5 days.
The statement in the name of the group started with a commemoration of the activists who lost their lives in the sacrifice actions they carried out in March.
The statement said the following:
“We remember with respect all our martyrs in the persons of Ugur Sakar, Zulkuf Gezen, Ayten Becet, Zehra Dogan and Yonca Akici who wanted to accelerate the process with their sacrifice actions.
HUNGER STRIKE RESISTANCE ALLOWED FOR THE ELECTION VICTORY
Our historic move of Break the Isolation Tear Down Fascism Free Kurdistan has already created important historic developments. This historic move has shown its effects in all four parts of Kurdistan. This process led by comrade Leyla Guven and the hunger strikes that thousands of people participated in in Hewler, Strasbourg, Wales, Canada and all prisons in Turkey have disrupted the AKP fascism’s and its leader Erdogan’s mental stability, created an opportunity for victory in the March 31 elections and apprehended invasion attacks against Rojava and Medya Defense Zones. The hunger strikes have very clearly stopped genocidal attacks in their tracks. As such, the hunger strikers’ sacrificing spirit has created a barrier between the threat of genocide and the Kurdish people. Our freedom movement has stopped the genocidal attacks with such historic actions and created a foundation for fascism’s historical defeat.
IT IS NOT THE TIME TO PRAISE THE RESISTANCE, IT IS TIME FOR TOTAL RESISTANCE
The ones who created these developments have turned their own bodies into the greatest weapon and paved the way for the Kurdish people and humanity to live a new and free life. The Kurdish people and humanity in general owe a lot to these people who resisted fascism. The Kurdish people and humanity in general should fight to raise the flag of resistance planted by these heroes higher. It is not the time to support the resistance or have it in your hearts. It is time for total resistance, from the youngest to the oldest. As hunger strikers melt away ounce by ounce every day, what needs to be done is total resistance. As tens of thousands of people resist, what needs to be done is total resistance.
As dozens of our leading comrades border on martyrdom, our duty is to raise the resistance and keep our comrades on hunger strikes alive.
THE DUTY OF THE DAY IS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MARCH FOR FREEDOM
This is a historic process, the agenda is full. The spirit of the times tells us that if we resist we will win big. Those who won’t resist will lose greatly. Leyla Guven and hunger strikers in Strasbourg, Canada, the Hague, Hewler, Kassel, Vienna and all prisons in Turkey tell us to march and we will prevail. The duty of the day is to participate in the march for freedom.
We as the Kurdish popular assemblies and women’s assemblies in the UK are announcing to the world that we are starting 5-day alternating hunger strikes to lend our voice to the resistance and to break the isolation.”
The statement concluded by saying, “Victory belongs to those who resist” and the activists chanted “Biji Serok Apo”.