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Turkey: 8 arrested in Ankara in solidarity rally with Diyabakir hunger strikers01:57

Turkey: 8 arrested in Ankara in solidarity rally with Diyabakir hunger strikers

Turkey, Ankara
September 5, 2016 at 22:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

Turkish police arrested eight protesters in Ankara, Monday, during a rally in solidarity with hunger strikers in Diyarbakir, who refused to eat in protest against the continue isolation of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Some 50 Kurdish activists and politicians, including members of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), announced a hunger strike in Diyarbakir on Monday, in protest against the lack of information about the welfare of Abdullah Ocalan.

Ocalan, who founded the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), is currently serving a life sentence for 'treason' in an island prison close to Istanbul, and has been refused visitors, including his lawyers, since summer 2015.

Abdullah Ocalan was arrested in 1999 by Turkish security forces in Nairobi, Kenya. He was taken to Turkey where he was sentenced to death for treason and separatism. The sentence was later changed to life imprisonment following Turkey's abolishment of the death penalty to meet criteria for European Union entry.

Turkey: 8 arrested in Ankara in solidarity rally with Diyabakir hunger strikers01:57
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Turkish police arrested eight protesters in Ankara, Monday, during a rally in solidarity with hunger strikers in Diyarbakir, who refused to eat in protest against the continue isolation of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Some 50 Kurdish activists and politicians, including members of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), announced a hunger strike in Diyarbakir on Monday, in protest against the lack of information about the welfare of Abdullah Ocalan.

Ocalan, who founded the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), is currently serving a life sentence for 'treason' in an island prison close to Istanbul, and has been refused visitors, including his lawyers, since summer 2015.

Abdullah Ocalan was arrested in 1999 by Turkish security forces in Nairobi, Kenya. He was taken to Turkey where he was sentenced to death for treason and separatism. The sentence was later changed to life imprisonment following Turkey's abolishment of the death penalty to meet criteria for European Union entry.

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