Turkish Protestors Occupy German Party Office

Published December 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Eight Turks occupied a local office of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Frankfurt Tuesday in protest at a police operation in their country to break a mass prison hunger-strike. 

The eight demanded the release of political prisoners in Turkey and read out a declaration, said the head of the local SPD branch, Karl-Heinz Pfaff. They left after two hours without incident, police added. 

The protestors came from among nearly 100 people who demonstrated in Frankfurt at a crackdown Tuesday by security forces in 20 Turkish jails, in which fifteen inmates died and two paramilitary forces were killed. 

The operation aimed to break a two-month long hunger strike by prisoners against a controversial prison reform scheme.  

In Hamburg, some 70 Turks marched on the Turkish consulate in the city carrying banners, but then headed for a neighboring station and dispersed, police said. 

Some 40 people identifying themselves as mothers and children of Turkish prison hunger-strikers occupied the regional justice department offices in Hamburg for two hours on December 14 before being removed by the police -- FRANKFURT (AFP)  



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