Mothers of hunger strikers hold sit-in at Turkish parliament

The mothers of the Kurdish hunger strikers in prison have been engaging in a variety of direct actions in order to break the silence around their children on hunger strike to break the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan.

Yesterday, the mothers staged a sit-in at the Turkish parliament. Refusing to leave the room, they asked to meet with the Minister of Justice about their children. After a meeting with the parliament speaker Mustafa Senop, the mothers ended their sit-in, but did not leave the parliament building. They continued their action by staying in the Peoples’ Democratic Party fraction wing of the building. Their resistance continues.

Earlier in May, Öcalan’s lawyers visited their client after 8 years of denied access. The sudden development came shortly after the announcement of a death fast by a group of 15 political prisoners.
Another group of prisoners has gone on death fast. The hunger strike began by Leyla Güven has been going on for more than seven months.