Female prisoners’ hunger strike in Sincan Prison on 54th day

DİYARBAKIR- 25 female prisoners in the Sincan Prison in Ankara are on the hunger strike for 54 days. “No one should stay at home while they are resisting in the prison. We should be the scream of their voice,” said Ayşe Ateş, who talked to her daughter in the prison.

The hunger strikes launched by the political prisoners against ongoing pressures imposed on the prisons have spread in the other prisons. 25 female prisoners in the Sincan Closed Prison in Ankara are on the hunger strike for 54 days. The prisoners, who say they will continue the hunger strike until their demands are met, have continued to send messages through their family members. Female prisoners in the Sincan Prison call on the Kurdish people and say “Don’t stay silent against the ongoing pressures”.

‘They become thin’

Ayşe Ateş visited her daughter Jiyan Ateş three days ago. Ayşe said she hardly recognized her daughter, “When we entered into the prison, we hardly recognized the prisoners. All of them were thinner. I didn’t recognize my daughter she saw me and came to me. These hunger strikes should be ended immediately. The government should take necessary steps. They were in high morale even though they were on the hunger strike for days.  They smiled to us and told us, ‘Don’t worry, everything will be good’.”

‘We should be their voice’

Stating that they can receive death news from the prisons at any moment, Ayşe said, “We don’t know what they have faced in the prison for months. The people should be sensitive to the prisoners. No one should stay at home while they are resisting in the prisons. We should be the scream of their voice and support them.”

‘We are on the hunger strike for our people’

Şehriban Uyanık, mother of Leyla Uyanık, who is on the hunger strike, said, “My daughter was exiled to Sincan Prison. We visited them three days ago, all of them were smiling to us and they were in high morale. All we want is peace as mothers. Don’t let anyone to die and our children’s demands should be met. They told us, ‘We have launched this hunger strike neither for us nor for our family. We have launched this hunger strike in order to lift the isolation imposed upon our leader and to end the oppression imposed on our people and we will continue our hunger strike.’ As their families, we stand by their demands to the end. Their demands are our demands. All we want from the people is to stand up for their resistance.”