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Police detain 22 HDP members on hunger strike in Diyarbakır

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Turkish police on Monday detained 22 female members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who started a hunger strike in solidarity with jailed party deputy Leyla Güven, the özgürüz.org news website reported.

Police forces raided the HDP’s Diyarbakır office and searched the building.

Güven decided to go on a hunger strike to raise awareness about the isolation of outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, who has been in prison since 1999.

The Turkish government has refused to allow Öcalan to meet with his family members and lawyers for some time now.

Güven was elected as a deputy for Diyarbakır from the HDP in the general election on June 24 while she was in jail.

A Turkish court decided to keep her in jail although her election gave her immunity.

Last week 11 HDP deputies went on a symbolic, two-day hunger strike to show their support for Güven.

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