Grup Yorum music band has released a written statement and announced that they will start a hunger strike as of May 17. The band, whose seven members are currently behind bars, have pressed the following demands: "We demand that our members be released and the cases be dropped.
"The İdil Cultural Center [in Okmeydanı, İstanbul] was raided for eight times. We demand that police raids be ended. "Our members have been put on the wanted 'terrorist lists' of the Ministry of Interior, we demand the removal of the list. "Let the ban on concerts be removed and squares be open to Grup Yorum. We want a Grup Yorum concert." continue