Letter from Beirut

Murder in the mines

Print edition : June 13, 2014

An injured miner being carried to safety after the May 13 explosion that ripped through a lignite mine in Soma in south-west of Turkey. Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the mine in Soma on May 14. His dismissive reaction to the accident angered the nation. Photo: Kayhan Ozer/AP

Yusuf Yerkel, adviser to Erdogan, kicks a protester held down by special forces police members during Erdogan's visit to Soma. Photo: AFP

Alp Gurkan, Soma Holding Chairman. Photo: OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

Ramazan Dogru, general manager of Soma Mining Company. Photo: OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

The reaction of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the mining disaster in Soma that killed more than 300 workers, dismissing it as an “ordinary thing”, shows the murderous indifference of the government and profit-thirsty business to workers’ safety and rights.
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