Plaza de Mayo Mother visited HDP MP on hunger strike in Amed
"The public opinion needs to react. Whatever will be done, needs to be done urgently. I am calling on the government and the UN to act with responsibility to prevent any tragedy."
HDP Amed MP Dersim Dağ and HDP members Sevican Yaşar, Salih Cansever, İsmet Yıldız, Salih Tekin and Bilal Özgezer, are on hunger strike demanding the end of isolation against Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan.
Despite the police raid on the HDP building in Amed where the hunger strike was being carried out, the protest continues for the second day.
HDP deputy Dağ is the only one left at the IHD building while the other 5 members are continuing their fast in the police station where they had been taken on Sunday after the police raid.
Dağ first visited by her mother
The first visit received by Dağ was by her mother Kudret Dağ and her brothers. Kudret Dağ commented her daughter on this action and then had a long talk with her.
Other mothers visited the HDP deputy, together with Amed co-mayoral candidates and many citizens.
Plaza de Mayo mother: Government must act to prevent a big tragedy
Another emotional visit was that by Nora Morales Cortina, one of the historical Plaza de Mayo mothers of Argentina.
Cortinas embraced Dağ for a long time and then talked with her about the hunger strike and its importance.
Cortinas, impressed by the young age of the HDP deputy, said: “The government must respond to the hunger strike that Dersim, Leyla and the other friends have launched. Otherwise there may be a great tragedy. The government should take its responsibility before any tragedy happens.”
Call to the government and UN
The demands of the hunger strikers are legitimate, Cortinas said and added: “The government and the United Nations (UN) must take an urgent step. The public opinion needs to react. Whatever will be done, needs to be done urgently. I am calling on the government and the UN to act with responsibility to prevent any tragedy."
Reminding that DTK co-chair Leyla Güven and the other hunger strikers are fasting to end the isolation on Öcalan, Cortinas said letters have been written to the Presidency and the relevant ministries. “The isolation of Mr Öcalan - she added - and the situation of the hunger strike activists should be addressed immediately. Five people were detained on Sunday. We have to use all the tools we have to reach the government. This letter can also become an international situation. We will send this letter, but the government should give up this policy of pressure. It is necessary for the government to end the repression of the Kurdish people, to end the isolation of Öcalan, and to end arresting activists on hunger strike.”
We will bring back to Argentina what we saw
Cortinas confirmed that they will bring back to Argentina what they have experienced in Kurdistan and Turkey, and added: “When we return to Argentina, we will discuss and work on what we have seen. It is necessary to defend human rights. At this point, everyone has to take responsibility and we will carry out this struggle in Argentina."
On 2 March Cortinas was able to visit HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven at her home.