A group of 20 Turkish students and workers in West Berlin started a hunger strike today (Tuesday, February 8th).
A group of 20 Turkish students and workers in West Berlin started a hunger strike today (Tuesday, February 8th). They are protesting against the death sentences passed last month on three young leftwing guerrillas in Turkey.
The hunger strike -- filmed today by Visnews cameraman Guenter Lahmann in West Berlin's Community Centre for Protestant Students -- supports growing feeling in Turkey for the abolition of the death penalty.
SYNOPSIS: At West Berlin's Protestant Student Centre -- a hunger strike in protest against capital punishment in Turkey. A group of twenty Turkish students and workers got together to make their protest on Tuesday. They felt they could help draw international attention to the growing feeling in Turkey against capital punishment, which boiled up last month when three young leftwing guerrillas were sentenced to death.
Printing leaflets helps take the mind off lack of food. Last month, nearly eighteen-hundred liberal leaders and intellectuals in Turkey petitioned the government calling for the abolition of the death penalty -- especially for political crimes. But the Military Court of Appeal confirmed the death sentences on three guerrillas a few days later. Others under death sentence are waiting to have their appeals heard.