238 days in Turkey, 3 weeks hunger strike in Iran, why lawyers are forced to protest Turkish lawyer EbruTimtik, who died last week due to a hunger strike for 238 days. He had just one demand from the Turkish President RecepTayyabErdogan’s government that the charges he was accused of gaining membership of a terrorist organization should be heard objectively.
In the era of the Corona crisis, the process of protests across the world has not stopped and people everywhere are seen beating their heads against the government. Last week, a female lawyer died in Turkey after a 238-day hunger strike, while another female lawyer in Iran has been on hunger strike for the last 3 weeks. After all, what is the reason that these women were forced to protest against the government.
The first thing to talk about is a Turkish lawyer EbruTimtik, who died last week in a hospital in the capital Istanbul due to a 238-day hunger strike. He had just one demand from the Turkish President RecepTayyabErdogan’s government that the charges he was accused of gaining membership of a terrorist organization be heard objectively, but the government did not pay heed to his demand and she was on hunger strike for the last 238 days and died in hospital.
30 kg weight at the time of death
Those close to EbruTimtik say that due to a prolonged hunger strike, his weight had reduced considerably and at the time of his death, he was reduced to just 30 kilograms or 65 pounds. Not only Turkey but many other countries of the world have also strongly condemned it after the struggle of female lawyer.
The situation became so serious after the death of EbruTimtik that the police had to struggle a lot to reach his body outside the Istanbul Forensic Lab. Even the police had to use tear gas. The crowd was removed through anti-ray shields.
Who is EbruTimtik
EbruTimtik was a member of the Contemporary Association of lawyers, a leftist group and closely related to the Marxist Organization.EbruTimtik was detained in early September 2018. He was sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison, forcing him and some other lawyers to go on strike in February.
Fellow lawyer Anasal is also on strike for 215 days
The female lawyer was sent to the Silivari jail on the outskirts of Istanbul. The court appealed against the verdict, but in October last year, the appellate court upheld the prison sentence awarded to the lawyers. In protest against this decision, Timtik along with another lawyer AitakAnsal turned the strike into a fast unto death. After this, he was shifted from jail to hospital in July.