25.08.16: Istanbul branch of the Human Rights Association (İHD) has held a press conference about the situation of anarchist prisoner Şevket Aslan, who is on hunger strike at the Yenişakran prison in İzmir-Aliağa since 37 days.
“Anarchist prisoners are not alone”
Aslan’s lawyer Gökhan Soysal mentioned that his client’s health conditions are getting worse everyday and that he will visit Aslan at the first opportunity.
Mercan Doğan, from Meydan anarchist newspaper said that Aslan went on indefinite hunger strike because of his political identity not being recognized and his demands are not being accepted. Doğan also said “It is the 37th day of the indefinite and irreversible hunger strike. It is medically certain that irrecoverable health problems can occur when somebody goes on a hunger strike for this long. Aslan’s health situation will become more critical with each passing day” and added that it is the prison management who will be responsible for what happens.
Remarking on the rise of torture and mistreatment of the prisoner after the state of emergency was declared, Doğan said “The management of the prison does not recognize the indefinite and irreversible hunger strike of Aslan. None of his petitions about this issue are being answered. Thus juridical solidarity of lawyers are being prevented.”
Doğan, in conclusion demanded recognition of Aslan’s hunger strike by the prison management and terminated saying “Anarchist prisoners are not alone, Revolutionary hearts will destroy the cells.”
(via Özgür Gelecek)