Yulia Tymoshenko continues hunger strike

14:06, 08 May 2012
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Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko doesn’t plan to end the hunger strike she began on April 20 in protest of the physical abuse she suffered during her forced hospitalization, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"Yulia Tymoshenko is still not eating. Today is the 18th day of her hunger strike. So far she hasn’t said anything about ending it. Yulia Tymoshenko is going to continue her hunger strike. All the claims that she’s drinking juices and solutions are not true. She is only drinking water. There is no juice in her diet," lawyer Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk said.

Yulia Tymoshenko went on a hunger strike on April 20 after she was beaten by prison workers while being forcibly moved to a hospital in Kharkiv from the Kachanivska prison. On May 4, the Kharkiv prosecutor’s office refused to open a criminal investigation into the incident.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s supporters in the regions have also gone on a hunger strike as a sign of solidarity with the ex-premier. At the end of April, former Czech senator Vlastimil Sehnal went on a hunger strike in order to raise awareness of the case of Yulia Tymoshenko in the Czech Republic.

Today Yulia Tymoshenko urged her supporters to end their hunger strike.

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