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Anderson denied admission to visit Kurdish hunger striker Leyla Guven

13 January, 2019 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson was today denied admission to visit Turkish MP Leyla Guven who is currently on hunger strike in a Turkish prison. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"Today, I and other MEPs attempted to visit Kurdish MP Leyla Guven in the prions where she is being unjustly held by Turkish authorities. 

"Leyla Guven is currently on hunger strike and has been since November and is now in a critical condition. 

"We were denied entry to the prison by the Turkish authorities and there were tense scenes outside the prison as we were refused entry. 

"We also witnessed at first hand the tactics of the Turkish police when we visited the headquarters of the HDP party and saw lines of police in riot gear when we emerged following our meeting. 

"I also met with the daughter of Leyla Guven to offer our solidarity and told her of the demonstrations across Ireland calling for her mother's release and the release of all Kurdish political prisoners." 

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