Turkey's hunger strikers end protest following jailed PKK leader's call

Turkey's pro-Kurdish lawmakers and Kurdish prisoners will end their hunger strike protest following jailed Kurdish militia leader Abdullah Öcalan's call on Sunday, pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency reported

For the past several months, thousands of Kurds and their allies have been on hunger strike demanding an end to the imprisonment and solitary confinement of Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party’s (PKK). He has been held at the island prison of Imrali since 1999, following his conviction over treason.

A spokesperson for the Kurdish prisoners said in a written statement that their protest succeeded as the isolation of their leader was broken, thus, nearly 3,000 prisoners would end the hunger strike, according to Mezopotamya. 

Earlier on Sunday, Öcalan called for Kurdish lawmakers and thousands of prisoners who are protesting the conditions of his detention to end their hunger strike. 

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Leyla Güven began a hunger strike in November leading thousands of prisoners to join the nationwide protest as well as some other HDP lawmakers. 

Öcalan was allowed to see his lawyers this month for the first time in eight years after his lawyers' 810 attempts to contact him were rejected by the Turkish state, according to his lawyers. Öcalan’s lawyers were given permission to see him for a second time on May 22.