The Mayan women of Guatemala sent a message of solidarity to Leyla Güven, a Kurdish liberationist, who has been on hunger strike for almost one hundred days.
The message said: “We send our warm love and greetings as the sisters of Maya, Xincas and Mestizas from the north of Guatemala. Today we are among women who come from a historical struggle as ex-combatants in the war in Guatemala. We send you our strength, sustenance, joy and insurgency.”
“We, as Mayan women, light our ceremonial bonfire” so that “your name lives with us.”
“The women of the Kurdish movement will have their names here,” they said. “Today we send you the healing power and the strength of the mountains, big and small rocks, rivers, volcanoes and historical fighters. We send our embrace from here, so that your body and spirit are filled with power and energy, the roads will continue to open for the struggle of the peoples and women of the world, for their lives and for justice.”
Leyla Güven began the hunger strike demanding the end of the isolation of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, who has been imprisoned since 1999 on the island prison of Imrali, in Turkey.
Güven’s strike has sparked a wave of solidarity and dozens of hunger strikes and demonstrations throughout Kurdistan and Europe.