Protestors Take To Streets After Mine Accident


News: Protestors took to the streets of major Turkish cities, which included Ankara and Istanbul, after nearly 284 people lost their lives in the country's worst mine accident on May 13. The labour unions also called for a strike. Police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators. According to the official Anadolu news agency, around 77 people were detained during demonstrations throughout the day. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has been criticised for its response to the tragedy. Erdogan had said that the mine accident was 'part of the nature of the business', reports Bloomberg. Meanwhile, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz has confirmed that the relief efforts to recover the bodies of the trapped miners would continue.

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Sector: Country Risk, Mining
Geography: Turkey