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Jailed Kurdish politician in ‘life-threatening’ condition on 64th day of hunger strike

JAILED Kurdish politician Leyla Guven was in a “life-threatening” condition as her hunger strike hit its 64th day today.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy for Hakkari in the Turkish parliament is now so ill that she cannot consume water or walk to the visiting room to consult her lawyers.

She has lost two-and-a-half stone since beginning the hunger strike, has developed language-impairing aphasia, blurred consciousness and extreme sensitivity to sound and light.

Ms Guven began her hunger strike in November in protest at the continued incarceration of Kurdistan Workers Party leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Hunger strikes in solidarity with her have spread across Turkish prisons, with the HDP saying at least 171 political prisoners were on hunger strike as of today. 

“Although the government is aware of the sensitivity of developments, it has not taken any steps,” the HDP said. “We call upon the people and the international community to act urgently.”

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