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Leading figures from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) called for a protest that will “halt the daily life on Tuesday” in a support to the more than 600 Kurdish inmates on hunger strikes, which entered its 48th day nearly 60 prisons across Turkey.

BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş yesterday called on supporters of his party to join the hunger strike by pausing their lives for one day. A group of BDP members in southeastern Hakkari joined the hunger strike out of prisons.

In a meeting in southeastern province of Adana, Demirtaş asked supporters “not to open their shops, not to send their children to school and not to shop on Oct. 30.”

“By halting daily life on Tuesday, by shutting off our cars’ engines, closing up our shops and boycotting schools we can shout out our demands,” Demirtaş said.

Meanwhile, southeastern province of Hakkari’s BDP provincial branch members began a hunger strike yesterday that will last for ten days. BDP Vice Chair Hamit Geylani is among the strikers.
The hunger strike has continued for 48 days.

October/29/2012

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