World Bulletin / News Desk
Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies Emine Ayna and Özdal Üçer began a hunger strike on Thursday in solidarity with hundreds of prisoners who have been on hunger strike for almost 60 days.
The deputies announced that they had launched their hunger strike in a press conference in front of the Diyarbakır office of the BDP-affiliated Democratic Society Congress (DTK) and called on the public to join them.
Around 700 Kurdish prisoners are currently on a hunger strike in dozens of prisons across the country. Besides improvements in the prison conditions of Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the PKK who is currently in prison on İmrali Island in the Sea of Marmara, the strikers are also demanding the right to receive an education in their mother tongue, Kurdish, and the right to address courts in Kurdish.Last Mod: 08 Kasım 2012, 17:25