A hunger strike that has lasted over two months by hundreds of Kurdish militants in Turkish prisons has come to an end after jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan called for an end to the protest.
Ocalan, apparently passed the message on to his brother from his cell on the small island of Imrali, where for the most part he’s been the only inmate since his capture in 1999.
Medics fear some of the protesters who have been calling for an end to Ocalan’s isolation are near to death.
Although widely reviled by Turks Ocalan has significant support among Kurds, some of whom clashed with police in a demonstration on Saturday.
As leader of the Kurdistan Workers party which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy, Ocalan is seen by Turks as being responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people since the PKK took up arms.