Communists Protest in Solidarity With Lawyer on Hunger Strike in Athens

Greek communists and anarchists in Athens tagged graffiti and dropped banners across the city in solidarity with Aytaç Ünsal, a Turkish lawyer arrested for connections to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C), a Marxist-Leninist insurgent organization. He was recently released from a 13-year sentence after going on a death fast for 213 days, a week after his colleague Ebru Timtik died after 238 days.

Death fasts are a common practice among Turkish political prisoners performed as a type of hunger strike in which there is no projected end goal but death. Those who do survive, such as Aytaç Ünsal, often are left with permanent disabilities, which in his case included paralysis from the neck down.

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