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Welsh Kurds start hunger strike for Ocalan

MEMBERS of the Kurdish community in Wales have started a hunger strike until Turkey ends its isolation and torture of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Three activists in Newport began a hunger strike on Monday night and a further five will fast every day in solidarity with those carrying out hunger strikes in Turkish prisons.

Imam Sis, who is one of the hunger strikers, said: “I am on an indefinite hunger strike until we get a response and they stop the isolation of Ocalan and allow his family and solicitors to visit.

“We need international solidarity, including from Welsh people. Some people say a hunger strike is pointless, but as a British trade union leader, the late Bob Crow, once said: ‘If you fight, you won’t always win: but if you don’t fight, you will always lose’.”

Cardiff Stop the War Coalition’s Adam Johannes said: “The leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party has been imprisoned by Turkey since 1999 and many argue his release is the key to a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish question.”

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