70-year-old Kemal Gun has lost 29 lbs [13 kilograms] since he started a hunger strike as part of his efforts to be given the dead body of his child who was killed during an air attack by Turkish miliary in Tunceli’s Dersim district on Nov 7, 2016.
11 individuals were killed during a bombardment against an alleged base of the outlawed far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) in Dersim. While the bodies of those killed have yet to be delivered to their families, the septuagenarian father of the one kicked off a hunger strike on Dersim’s central Seyit Riza square 81 days ago.
“I want the bones of my kid. I will take a step backward even if I die here,” Gun told Dihaber news portal.
Gun weighs in at 61 kilograms, 13 kilograms less after 81 days on hunger strike. Examined everyday by volunteer medical professionals, Gun also suffers from vision loss on his left eye due to his diet.
Meanwhile, Gun was fined TL 18,614 [ $227 per day] for his ongoing strike as law enforcement consider his protest illegal according to misdemeanour law.