Forty Turkish students were on a hunger strike in Paris on Monday (24 January) to protest against death sentences pronounced on three students in Turkey.
GV St. Germain area PAN TO EXT building.
GV INT Students seated on floor
SV Students TILT UP TO spokesman.
MV Student speaks in French with overlay shots of students and posters on walls.
TRANSCRIPT: "We're not criticising the form of Government but we want liberty and democracy for all patriots. The students who began were advised to stop, but on the 24th of January 40 Turkish students began to strike again. We want the following concessions: 1) Immediate cessation of condemnations of death, 2) Immediate liberation of political internees, 3) Immediate suppression of all torture, and 4) A viable free and democratic process in Turkey. We are leading an independent fight for liberty and democracy in Turkey and we depend upon international support from France and all nations to sustain our fight."
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Background: Forty Turkish students were on a hunger strike in Paris on Monday (24 January) to protest against death sentences pronounced on three students in Turkey. The death sentences were passed on the students who took part in the kidnapping of three American soldiers in Turkey last spring. The soldiers were released unharmed. The students have also said they're protesting against martial law and "fecist oppression" in Turkey.
One of the students' spokesmen explained in French why his colleagues were taking part in a hunger strike. A translation of the French sound follows. We are proving an English commentary over the french sound which editors may wish to use.