Around the world, people know the names of Bobby Sands, Patsy O'Hara, Mickey Devine, etc. Songs are written about the hunger strikers, and plays and movies are produced to keep their memory alive. But who knows the name Ayce Idil Erkmen, or the fact that she became the first woman internationally to die on hunger strike?
As others have said, Bobby Sands is alive, wherever a hunger strike for justice takes place. He lives on in people like Ayce and Aygun Ugur and Ilginc Ozkeskin. The struggle is truly international.
Prisoners from ten revolutionary organisations participated in the Death Fast of 1996 in Turkey, which lasted for 69 days, and 12 prisoners died: Aygun Ugur (TKP(ML)), Altan Berdan Kerimgiller (DHKP-C), Ilginc Ozkeskin (DHKP-C), Huseyin Demircioglu (MLKP), Ali Ayata (TKP(ML)), Mujdat Yanat (DHKP-C), Tahsin Yilmaz (TIKB), Ayce Idil Erkmen (DHKP-C), Hicabi Kucuk (TIKB), Yemliha Kaya
(DHKP-C), Osman Akgun (TIKB) and Hayati Can (TKP(ML)).
Please visit the below site which serves as a tribute to these 12 who died and the many who participated in the strike, both inside and outside Turkish prisons. The Kurdish struggle continues, and over than 30 have given their lives in furtherance of their goals.
The heroic struggle of the political prisoners in Turkey in the hungerstrike from 1996 presented by the DHKC Informationbureaus
The above links apparently do not work, so in the meantime, you can visit http://www.ozgurluk.org/prison/ and get news on the current struggles in Turkey.