Protests over Turkey mine disaster
Published May 16, 2014 at 12:01AM
Riot police use water cannons and tear gas to disperse demonstrators marching to remember the mine accident victims and protest against the government, in Izmir, Turkey. The banner reads: “This is not an accident, but murder. The government is responsible.”
Rescue teams recovered another nine victims, raising the death toll to 283 from Tuesday’s disaster, with at least 140 miners believed still trapped underground, according to government figures.
The disaster has stirred up new hostility toward Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government and thrown his presidential ambitions off stride. Blackening his reputation further, Turkish newspapers published a photograph Thursday of one of Erdogan’s aides kicking a protester who was being held on the ground by armed police.
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