Activists march to Wales in support of hunger strikers

Activists begin their march in solidarity with hunger strikers
Eliza Egret

In a bid to break the silence over the critical condition of Kurdish hunger strikers, solidarity activists in the UK are currently marching from London to Wales. They will arrive in Newport on 15 February, where they will meet Ilhan Sis (also known as Imam), who is approaching his 60th day of hunger strike. He is one of hundreds of Kurdish hunger strikers around the world calling for an end to the solitary confinement of their leader, Abdullah Öcalan.

Ilhan Sis’s health weakens

The Canary previously interviewed Sis. He told us that his hunger strike is “irreversible”. And he says that he’s now getting bad headaches and that he’s constantly tired, but that his morale is high. Activist Mark Campbell has reported that Sis has lost 11kg, and added:

Make no mistake, Imam is prepared to die if the demands of the hunger strikers are not met.

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Join the march

The march began in London on 12 February and will arrive in Newport on 15 February. As the hunger strikers’ lives become more and more at stake, it is important that solidarity activists join the march.

Campbell continued:

Now is not the time to stay at home or ignore the hunger strikes. You must do whatever you can to increase the pressure on the Turkish regime to adhere to its own agreed legal obligations…ACT NOW before it’s too late.

Activists are tweeting about the march and are encouraging others to join:

Sis is also calling on solidarity activists around the UK to join the march from London to Newport:

I’d like to make a direct call to our friends who are in solidarity with the Kurdish people’s struggle and the hunger strikes to join this march that will arrive in Wales on 15 February, on the 20th anniversary of internationalist conspiracy on our leader Abdullah Öcalan….Together we are stronger. Let’s join our voices together and break the silence and break the isolation.

Featured image via Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Get involved

  • Join the march from Reading on 13 February, Swindon on 14 February and Bristol on 15 February. Follow @Hevallo and @LDNKurdSol for more details.

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