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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Turkey coal mine explosion: Protester attacked by adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ‘was relative of dead miner’

Comment: Charming people we have in power at the moment...

But they are merely an individual representation of what the US, Israel and European governments do everyday to their own people. So, nothing really new here except the overt nature of the thuggery.


The Independent 

A shocking image has emerged appearing to show the moment the Turkish Prime Minister's adviser kicked a protester being restrained on the ground during anti-government demonstrations following an explosion in a coal mine that left 282 dead and scores injured. 

Breaking news feed Report Turk told The Independent the picture was taken in Soma, the town where the mine collapsed after the explosion on Tuesday.

It said witnesses at the scene claimed the person being restrained by parliamentary police in the image was in fact a relative of one of the dead miners, although this has not been confirmed.

The photo caused outrage after it was shared across social media thousands of times and Turkish newspapers Cumhuriyet, Milliyet and others on Thursday printed photographs they said were of an Erdogan aide kicking a protester.

Mr Erdogan’s advisor Yusuf Yerkel confirmed in a telephone conversation that he was the man in the image seen about to kick a protester and said he would release a statement on the incident “as soon as possible”, the Hurriyet Daily News has reported. 

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