Kurdish man on hunger strike for 83 days wins battle for son’s bones

70-year-old Kemal Gun has been on hunger strike for 83 days without food for the remains of his son, who was killed in an airstrike by the Turkish military.

The demand of 70-year-old Kemal Gun, who has been on a hunger strike for 83 days to obtain the remains of his son killed in an airstrike by the Turkish military has been accepted, reports the daily Evrensel.

The president of the Dersim (Tunceli) Bar, Baris Yildirim, made the announcement that grieving father Kemal Gun will receive his son’s bones after meeting with the mayor earlier on Tuesday.

The remains will be sent to the municipality from the prosecutor’s office and passed on to Gun for burial, announced Yildirim after his meeting with the mayor of Tunceli (Dersim) province.

The bones that were collected after the airstrikes were sent to Istanbul for DNA examination by forensic medicine. They are expected to be transferred to the prosecutor’s office in Tunceli (Dersim) next week.

Kemal Gun’s son Murat Gun, a member of the outlawed left-wing Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKC), was killed alongside 10 other members of the group in airstrikes on 7 November 2016. According to reports 10 of the 11 militants’ corpses have not been handed over to families.

Kemal Gun, who has been on hunger strike in a park in Tunceli’s city centre was handed a 227 Turkish Lira (app. 65 USD) penalty per day for “occupying a public space.” The total amount of penalty he will have to pay the state has reached 18 thousand Turkish Liras (app. 5,100 USD).

Gun had said he would continue the hunger strike until he receives “every single bone” that he had collected himself from the scene where the bombing occurred and personally handed over to the prosecutor’s office for examination. Several initiatives by the man for the remains had been refused by government officials.

The elderly man, who began losing his eyesight recently, is expected to end his 83-day protest, during which he has not eaten anything.