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Sinn Fein to hold further demonstrations in solidarity with jailed Kurdish MP Leyla Guven

SINN FEIN will hold further demonstrations in solidarity with jailed Kurdish MP Leyla Guven, who is critically ill having been on hunger strike since November.

MEP Martina Anderson called for international action in support of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP) MP who began her “death fast” on November 8 in protest at the continued isolation of jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan.

“Her condition is now deteriorating and it is imperative that the international community acts to save her life,” she said.

“Sinn Fein have taken part in demonstrations across Ireland and elsewhere in support of Leyla Guven and more will be held in the coming days.”

Ms Anderson drew comparisons with the international campaign in support of the Irish hunger strikers in Long Kesh in 1981. 

Bobby Sands, who was elected as an MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone during the hunger strike, died on May 5 1981 after 66 days.

Ms Guven was arrested in January and faces up to 31 years six months in prison after making statements criticising the Turkish government’s illegal invasion and occupation of the peaceful city of Afrin in north-west Syria. 

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