People’s Lawyers Aytaç Ünsal and Ebru Timtik are on hunger strike with the demand of just trial for the last 7 months, 3 seasons and hundreds of days. Everyday counts, as their bodies deteriorate gradually. They are dying with chants of justice, for justice. Their case is similar to Mustafa Koçak, Helin Bölek, and İbrahim Gökçek.

Ebru Timtik is on death fast for 210 days and Aytaç Ünsal is on 179. day. Their health is slowly deteriorating, every second their death become more imminent. They are in the stage, where not even the days or hours count, but minutes. From Turkey and all over the globe, many colleagues and people stand in solidarity with them and see their demands as their own. People support these demands and call to authorities for ending the injustices and oppression towards them. Courts of fascist ruling party AKP ignored these calls with their open tendency to murder them.
These courts, who arrested, judged and sentenced them with directives of fascist AKP. And now, as if they are not only deaf to Aytaç’s and Ebru’s claims and paving the roads to their death, they planning to continue their oppression with force-feeding them.

Their colleagues litigated to the court to be referred to the Forensic Medicine Institution for the examination and lawyers’s request for release, as the health status of Ebru and Aytaç deteriorated and it was no longer possible for them to stay in prison. As a result of this application, a report was issued about Ebru and Aytaç, who were examined by Physicians of Forensic Medicine Institution, that “their stay in prison is not suitable as a result of their deteriorated health”. Upon this report, the re-application of their lawyers for request for release was rejected by the İstanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court and it was decided to continue the detention of Ebru and Aytaç. The court has also ruled that “a writ shall be written to the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office so that the necessary can be done to urgently ensure their medical follow-up and treatment in hospital conditions.”

With this decision, not only continuation of arrest was ruled by the court, but also their directives are now force-feeding, hidden behind the vague terms of “medical follow-up and treatment”. Thus, court ruled openly for torture to Ebru and Aytaç with force-feeding.

The only meaning of forced medical intervention is that Ebru and Aytaç will be either disabled or get killed. Previously, Mustafa Kocak, who was on death fast for 255 day, was forcibly abducted to the hospital and faced with the torture of force-feeding for days. As his body was already deteriorated, left with skin and bones, this process accelerated Mustafa’s death. Today they want to do the same thing to Ebru and Aytaç by a court decision.

Forcing Ebru and Aytaç to medical intervention instead of meeting the rightful and legitimate demands and ensuring them a fair trial, is nothing but an attempt to murder, a preparation for a massacre.

Let’s not let them kill Ebru and Aytaç!

Let’s keep them alive with our struggle and solidarity!

Down with Fascism, Long Live Our Struggle!



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