Turkish “prison” protestors end hunger strike
Turkish activists protesting controversial prison reforms have ended their hunger strike, but 55 prisoners are continuing the action, a Turkish human rights group said Wednesday.
"The last hunger strikers outside the prisons ended their action a few days ago, feeling they have sufficiently paid the price to make their voice heard," Husnu Ondul, president of human rights group IHD told AFP.
Launched in October 2000 to protest against the introduction of high-security jails and solitary confinement, the hunger strike has claimed 50 lives, including prisoners and outside supporters of the movement, as well as four police officers killed during strike-related disturbances.
The protesters have lived on sugar and water during their strike, which the authorities claim, was orchestrated by the banned DHKP-C political party. (Albawaba.com)