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World IN BRIEF / TURKEY

2 More in Prison Hunger Strike Die

April 23, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Two hunger strikers died, bringing to 16 the death toll from a months-long protest by leftist prison inmates and their relatives against a new cell system, which moved them from dormitories to two- and three-person cells.

A member of an outlawed Communist group died in an Istanbul hospital after 130 days on a hunger strike, Turkey's Human Rights Assn. said. The wife of another prisoner died at her home in Istanbul after a 160-day hunger strike, a prisoners support group said. Her husband is not on a hunger strike.

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