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Hunger strikes spread and get attacked by police

Diyarbakir MP Dersim Dag started an indefinite nonalternating hunger strike together with Bilal Ozgezer, Ismet Yildiz, Salih Canseven, Salih Tekin and Sevican Yasar on March 3. All hunger strikers except Dersim Dag were detained by the police, and returned to the HDP Diyarbakir offices after being released yesterday evening to continue their hunger strike there.

On march 8 HDP MPs Tayyip Temel and Murat Sarisac joined them along with another group.

On same day,, march 8, police forces raided the central building of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Amed (Diyarbakır) where 10 people are carrying out an indefinite and non-alternate hunger strike against the aggravated isolation imposed on Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan. The hunger strikers include HDP deputies Dersim Dağ, Tayip Temel and Murat Sarısaç. Riot police units were deployed around the HDP building in the early evening hours, facing a barricade by deputies Ebru Günay, Musa Farisoğulları, Remziye Tosun, Selçuk Mızraklı, Semra Güzel and Pero Dündar. After encircling the group, police broke the door and windows of the building to get inside. HDP deputies Tayip Temel and Murat Sarısaç, who joined the hunger strike earlier today, were battered and 7 activists were taken into custody by the police. On March 3 when the hunger strike in the HDP building started, police raided the offices and detained 5 hunger strike activists on orders of Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.