ILPS Supports the Demands of the 400 Kurdish Political Prisoners
Currently on Hunger Strike in Turkish Prisons
The International League of Peoples‘ Struggle (ILPS) extends its militant solidarity and support to the more than 400 political prisoners who are on hunger strike in sixteen (16) prisons in Turkey and Kurdistan who are demanding freedom for the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan, the right to education in their mother language and an end to political repression and military operations by the Turkish government against the Kurdish people.
Among the hunger strikers are Peace and Democracy (BDP) MPs Selma Irmak and Faysal Sariyildiz who were elected to the Turkish Parliament in the June 2011 elections but were imprisoned on charges of being members of the PKK. There are more than 8,000 political prisoners in Turkish prisons affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Women’s Freedom Party (PAJK).
The ILPS firmly supports the right of the Kurdish people to self-determination. The ILPS condemns the policy of the Turkish state to deny the Kurdish people of their social, economic, political and cultural rights. The ILPS denounces the use of force in suppressing the legitimate struggle of the Kurdish people including such measures as mass arrests, assassinations, bombings of civilian communities and massacres.
We call on member organizations of the ILPS and all people of goodwill to issue statements of solidarity and carry out appropriate actions to support the 400 Kurdish political prisoners on hunger strike whose action is part of the over-all struggle of the Kurdish people to claim their legitimate rights as a people.#
International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples‘ Struggle
March 10, 2012