Turkish police on Thursday forcibly removed the mothers of inmates on a hunger strike after they attempted to hold a sit-in protest in Diyarbakır province to raise awareness about their sons’ situations.
Video footage showing a female police officer attacking a Kurdish woman with to move her away from area. According to the Evrenseş daily, three of the protesters were detained by the police.
Bakın nasıl bir öfke ile saldırıyor.
— Nuran imir (@nuran_imir) May 2, 2019
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.”
Yaşlı annenin kafasına hınçla vuracak kadar bir insan böylesine nasıl alçalabilir ki? Kininizde boğulun. pic.twitter.com/SUjejskfzW
— Veli Saçılık (@velisacilik) May 2, 2019
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.