The music band “Grup Yorum” has always been in the sights of the Turkish security forces. Its members have been arrested many times. Some members of Grup Yorum are still in prison. In order to obtain their release, some band members are on hunger strike.
İbrahim Gökçek has been on hunger strike in Istanbul-Silivri prison for 230 days. Helin Bölek has also been on hunger strike for about 230 days. Bölek is holding her hunger strike in a house in Istanbul-Sarıyer In the meantime the musician has lost weight from 75 kilograms to 45 kilograms. The musician’s state of health has deteriorated massively during this time. She suffers from dizziness, nausea, muscle pain, hypersensitivity to light and noise and fatigue, among other things. In addition, she has pain caused by inflamed nerves, Bölek told the news agency Mezopotamya.
Demands of Grup Yorum
Despite the many health problems, the will to resist gave her strength. The reason for the hunger strike was the legitimate demands of the music group. “First, the ban on concerts against us should be lifted Secondly, the raids on the ‘Ayçe Idil Erkmen Cultural Centre’ should stop. Thirdly, the trumped-up charges against us should stop and fourthly, our names should be taken off the wanded terrorist lists,” Bölek said in an interview with Mezopotamya.
The resistance is based on justified demands, explains Bölek, “These demands should have been accepted from the beginning. We will not beg for our demands. Either way, our demands will be accepted. We will create a public for this,” says the member of Grup Yorum.
“Starvation alone is certainly not a victory.” The importance lies in organizing the whole thing alongside the hunger. “The heavy burden would be on the shoulders of our listeners, our fans, and those who do things for us.” And these are the ones who will bring the victory. It’s not about doing things for us. It’s about doing something for yourself. You also do something against injustice,” said Bölek. Of course, there will be a price to pay. How high the price will be is determined by those who accompany this process. “That is why I invite everyone to make our voices even louder.”