PROTEST singer Canan Sagar paid tribute to Turkish teachers imprisoned under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government at a London fundraising gig for the Morning Star on Saturday night.
The teachers have been on hunger strike for three months after being unlawfully dismissed from their jobs, the singer told the crowd of Star supporters.
She said: “Some of them have gone down to 40 or 50 kilograms [6-8 stone]. This song reached them and they sing it to give them hope and keep up their spirits.”
The event at the Constitution pub in Camden Town also saw Maddy Carty performing soulful covers of Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind and Bob Marley’s Redemption Song along with her own compositions.
Her songs pay tribute to nurses suffering the effects of declining real-terms pay due to the Tories’ 1 per cent public-sector pay cap, as well as increased workload during their long shifts.
Star regular contributor Tim Wells read his humourous poetry peppered with political satire, at one point joking: “I’m a funky depressive. I get down.”
The next London Readers and Supporters Group fundraiser is in October, with details to be announced to closer to the time.