A 28-year-old Turkish singer died today, nearly 300 days after she entered a hunger strike to protest against the repression that targeted her music band from the Turkish authorities because of the band's positions on the suppression of growing freedoms in the country.

Helen Pollack went on a hunger strike to demand the release of imprisoned band members, withdraw the stops cards issued to other musicians and undo the ban on group parties.

The singer was arrested in 2016, and later released. Ibrahim Gokcek, a member of the group, also continues his hunger strike.