Wednesday, May 14, 2014

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Boiling Anger - Clashes, Violent Protests In Turkey After Mine Blast Kills Over 240! [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

May 14, 2014 - TURKEY - Clashes have erupted across Turkey as residents rally in anger at a mining accident which killed 245 people in the western Turkish town of Soma on Tuesday. Eight hundred marched on Ankara’s energy ministry as police fired tear gas and water cannon.

Riot police run away from the flames of a fire bomb thrown by protesters as they demonstrate to blame the ruling AK
Party (AKP) government on the mining disaster in western Turkey, in Ankara May 14, 2014. (Reuters)

Violent protests have been reported in Soma itself, where relatives of the dead miners are unleashing their anger at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

PM Erdogan visited Soma, the site of the disaster, on Wednesday. There, he was confronted with a spontaneous protest with locals booing and whistling at him as he made statements regarding the disaster at a news conference.

Erdogan was forced to shelter in a local supermarket to escape the enraged crowds.

Rocks were thrown as crowd members accused Erdogan of being a murderer and a thief. Riot police used a water cannon on the demonstrators as they approached the ruling NKP party headquarters.

In Ankara, students marched on the energy ministry yelling anti-government slogans and hurling rocks. Law enforcers responded by deploying tear gas and water cannon against the protesters.

Further protests swept through Istanbul, with people gathering in the city metro and outside the headquarters of the company which owns the mine. Graffiti alleging that the company had committed murder was daubed on the walls of the Soma Holdings office, while others painted their faces black in solidarity with the miners.

The company stood accused of sacrificing safety for the sake of profit.

WATCH:Turkey - Mining company's Istanbul office hit by rage over Soma disaster .

“This mining corporation came out and talked about how successful they were. And then what happened? Together with this explosion, we've seen that no precautions were taken, the lives of the workers were not valued, and their lives were put in danger for more profit,” protester Emre Erkaslan told AP.

Soma is 120 km (75 miles) northeast of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir.

In addition to killing some 238 people, 80 are still feared trapped, said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the news conference. The toll may yet rise further.

However, nearly 450 miners have been rescued in the efforts.

Shortly after Erdogan made his comments, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz declared that the accident was likely to be the country’s deadliest ever mining disaster.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear, according to an emailed statement fromSoma Komur Isletmeleri. However, "the subsequent spread of carbon monoxide is, unfortunately, the reason for the loss of life," according to the statement.

Turkey’s worst mining disaster in recent years was a gas explosion in 1992 near the Black Sea port of Zonguldak, which left some 270 workers dead. Since then, Turkey has borne witness to several mining accidents. - RT.

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