Main opposition leader slams Turkish police over violence against hunger strikers’ mothers

Turkey's main opposition leader on Tuesday slammed Turkish police for ongoing attacks on the mothers of  jailed hunger strikers during a sit-in protest in Istanbul, news site Gazete Duvar reported.

Police have been intervening on a group known as Saturday Mothers, a group of mainly Kurdish and Alevi parents that have gathered since the 1980s to silently protest political assassinations and state-forced disappearances in Turkey, as well as the mothers of inmates on hunger strikers, attacking them with tear gas and batons, Duvar said.

"They dispersed these mothers with tear gas and batons. Should officials who have a say in the state not comply with the requests of these mothers?" Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said at his party's group meeting in parliament.

The Republican People's Party (CHP) leader said Turkish police physically assaulted and insulted the Saturday Mothers and mothers of inmates staging a partial hunger strike during their sit-in protest in front of various prisons.

Around 3000 Kurdish prisoners have been on partial hunger strike to protest the jail conditions for outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, according to the Human Rights Association

"They (the government) pretend like they are pious. Is there any faith that accepts raising a hand to a mother?" Kılıçdaroğlu said.