Osman Evcan, a convict serving a sentence in the northwestern province of İzmit, has put an end to his 39-day hunger strike after officials agreed to serve him sufficient vegan food.
Evcan, whose struggle had netted broad support, had demanded fresh seasonal vegetables, not greenhouse or canned vegetables and a sufficient amount of legumes, grain and dried fruits as well as more vegan food sold at the prison's canteen.
The Istanbul Animal Freedom Initiative marched down the city's İstiklal Avenue last week to lend support to Evcan.
On Dec. 18, the prosecutor of the prison had a two-hour meeting with him following an outpouring of messages supporting the vegan convict and petitions to Kandıra Prison where he is serving his sentence.
Evcan told members of the Turkish Doctors Union (TTB) that his demands were met before being taken to the hospital. His sister, Asiye Evcan, said he was in good health. "He went to the hospital on foot. We are very happy that he claimed back his rights," she said.
Evcan went on a 43-day hunger strike in 2011 to gain vegan and vegetarian food rights for convicts and arrested individuals. He began another hunger strike this year for the proper implementation of his rights.
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