Rebel leader calls for an end to hunger strike in Turkey


Kurdistan rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, has called for an end to hunger strikes which was observed by supporters in Turkey protesting the conditions of his detention.

Ocalan, the co-founder of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) held on Imrali island off Istanbul since 1999, was allowed to see his lawyers this month for the first time in eight years.

“I expect the action to come to an end in light of the broad statements to be made by my two lawyers,” Ocalan said in a message read by his lawyer Nevroz Uysal during a press conference in Istanbul.

The first visit took place on May 2. After Turkish authorities lifted an official ban on lawyers’ visits to Ocalan, a second trip by two of his lawyers was made on May 22.


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