At least 23 people were detained after police intervened in a sit-in in front of the Batman prison, on Tuesday.
The suspects were protesting the government’s lack of attention towards their jailed family members who are staging hunger strike in dozens.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Leyla Güven went on hunger strike in November protesting jailed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan’s inability to speak with his lawyers, referring to it as his “isolation.”
As of March, nearly 7,000 HDP members including prisoners joined Güven to protest Öcalan’s “isolation,” with some inmates even committing suicide to draw attention to the hunger strikes.
The families of inmates on hunger strikes have been trying to raise awareness of the situation by means of sit-ins and small demonstrations.