Parliamentary Speaker ?entop: It Wouldn’t Be Right for me to Visit Leyla Guven

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Parliamentary Speaker Mustafa Sentop has stated that HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Guven, who has been on a hunger strike for 173 days, is not on hunger strike due to her own situation and it would not be right for him to pay a visit to Guven.

Parliamentary Speaker Mustafa Sentop has stated that it would not be right for him to visit Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Hakkari MP Leyla Guven, who has been on the 173rd day of her hunger strike as of today (April 29).

Guven has gone on a hunger strike with the demand that the isolation of Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan be ended. Not allowed to meet anyone since September 11, 2016, Alcalan made a short meeting with his brother on January 13, 2019.

As reported by Mezopotamya Agency (MA), Sentop has made the following remarks regarding the hunger strike of HDP MP and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-Chair Leyla Guven:

'She started her hunger strike in prison'

"Leyla Guven was elected as an MP on January 24 [2018]. She was in prison back then. And a verdict of release was given for her. We are talking about a hunger strike that started there.

"Why is this hunger strike being staged? We usually see that hunger strikes are a method used in prisons in different countries of the world.

"She could have requests for the improvement of her prison conditions, her own personal conditions. Some protests and, then, hunger strikes could be staged when these requests were not fulfilled.

'Hunger strike is not about her own situation"

"The hunger strike of Dear Leyla Guven is not about her own personal situation or prison conditions. Her request is different. Her request is about the situation of the convicted terrorist head in Imrali.

"It is not something right. A politician can do something, can stage a protest about her own situation, about her own requests. I do not say that it is right, but it is something understandable.

"But she has very different requests and these requests do not solely pertain to her, they are requests about another prisoner.

"From this point of view, I think that this protest which does not have any logic or rationale should be ended.

"Let me also state that I would not find a visit right."

HDP MP made a call to Sentop

In an interview to Irfan Aktan from Duvar news website, HDP MP Tayip Temel made a call to Parliamentary Speaker Sentop to visit Leyla Guven:

"Dear sentop should visit Leyla Guven in her house and listen her request. If he has any opinions, thoughts regarding this issue, he should share them."

Source: English Bianet