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Prisoner's Death Raises Hunger Strike Toll to 43

January 03, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A Turkish inmate became the 43rd person to die in a yearlong hunger strike by leftists protesting Turkey's new maximum security prison system.

Ali Camyar, 32, died in a hospital in Izmir after fasting for more than seven months, the prisoners solidarity group Ozgur Tayad said. He was serving an 18-year jail sentence for membership in an outlawed leftist group, the Union of Revolutionary Communists of Turkey, and was hospitalized last month, the group said.

Protesters have been taking vitamins and sugared water to prolong their fast against the government's policy of moving prisoners from large wards to smaller cells.

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