Kurdish hunger strike first hand account: 70 days without food and still smiling
Sarah Glynn reports from Strasbourg, where she spent time with the Kurdish hunger strikers on strike to demand an end to the Turkish regime’s isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan
WRITING on my way back from a return visit to the Kurdish hunger strikers in Strasbourg, I can report that their morale and commitment has only strengthened - if that is possible - as their bodies have weakened.
Sarah Glynn: Yesterday Mandela; Tomorrow Öcalan
On the 20th anniversary to the day since Kurdish liberation leader Abdullah Öcalan was abducted and imprisoned in Turkey, Sarah Glynn of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan explains why the protest movement internationally to end Öcalan’s isolation is rising, including demonstrations in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow this week
WATCH: Interviews with Kurdish Hunger Strikers
Sarah Glynn from the Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan campaign group visited Strasbourg to meet with Kurdish hunger strikers.
These videos were recorded on 25th January in the Kurdish Community Centre in Strasbourg, where eleven men and three women are on indefinite hunger strike. They have one, simple, demand: that the Turkish Government complies with their own constitution and international conventions on human rights and ends the isolation of imprisoned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) founder, Abdullah Öcalan.
Sarah Glynn: First meeting with the Kurdish hunger strikers in Strasbourg
Sarah Glynn, committee member of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, has travelled to Strasbourg with a Scottish delegation, where supporters of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan are on hunger strike
THE first thing that struck me were their smiles. These were people that had eaten nothing except some sugar and salt water and tea for forty days, but, as they explained, although their bodies were feeling the strain, their moral was only growing stronger.
Sarah Glynn: Why are 162 Kurdish political prisoners on hunger strike?
Sarah Glynn, committee member of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, explains the context behind a mass hunger strike in Turkish prisons, which has spread to solidarity actions in Strasbourg and Cardiff, of Kurdish activists
A HUNGER strike is not a form of protest to be undertaken lightly. It is a last resort when other methods have become impossible. The fact that this has become a regular resort for Kurdish activists is an indication of the extent to which Kurds have been made to suffer.
'Women Life Freedom!': What I found on my visit to the Women's revolution in Northern Syria
Dundee-based campaigner and academic Sarah Glynn shares her thoughts on the women’s revolution in northern Syria after visiting in May, exploring the huge successes and big challenges facing a historic movement seeking to transform a traditional middle-eastern tribal society through anti-capitalism with women at the vanguard
Sarah Glynn: Labour's anti-Semitism row is a blatant attempt to undermine Corbyn's leadership and prevent criticism of the Israeli state
Sarah Glynn, founding member of Scottish Jews Against Zionism (not a member of any political party), argues that the Israeli government and Zionist zealots in the UK are attempting to utilise an artificial anti-Semitism row to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party and as a deflection mechanism to shield the Israeli state from criticism
Sarah Glynn: Whose Art School? A’body’s Art School!
Writer and academic Sarah Glynn says those who think there are better things to spend money on than the reconstruction of the Mackintosh building after the fire are buying into the idea that there’s not enough wealth in Scotland for bread and roses
IT seems that the austerity myth has become so deeply embedded in our society that it has infected even those who campaign against it.
I have been depressed to see how many people are claiming that we should not rebuild the Mack because the money should be spent on people in poverty.
Sarah Glynn: Meet the working class hero Turkey is trying to rip away from the Kurds
Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan member Sarah Glynn explores the symbolism behind the fall of a statue in northern Syria last week
WHEN, last Sunday, the Turkish invaders wanted to stamp their presence on the predominantly Kurdish city of Afrîn in northern Syria, one of the first things that they did was pull down a statue.
Sarah Glynn: We must put grassroots activism at the centre of the indy campaign
Sarah Glynn of the Scottish Unemployed Workers' Network says it's vital for campaigners to stay tuned in to the daily struggles of so many as the independence debate goes on
FOR those struggling to survive on diminishing benefits or otherwise dependent on our ravaged welfare state, independence can’t come soon enough.
There is good reason why welfare has been a recurrent theme at indy rallies; and the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network will be as active in this campaign as we were in the last.