17 May 2014
Last updated at 17:00
Turkey has called a halt to the Soma mine rescue operation after two more bodies were found, raising the death toll to 301.
The bodies of all miners trapped after the mine collapsed are now thought to be recovered.
Protesters have clashed with police near Soma. Correspondents say more than 30 people, including several lawyers, have been arrested.
Several demonstrations have been held over Turkey’s worst-ever mine disaster.
“The rescue operation was carried out to completion. There are no miners left underground,” Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.
“Until today we had focused on search and rescue efforts. Now we will be focusing on investigations, on what will happen about production.”
“We won’t be leaving (Soma) because the search efforts are ending,” Mr Yildiz, said, according to Associated Press. “`There will be psychological and social support.”
The local authorities have banned demonstrations in the Soma town centre where riot police used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon on Friday when a protest briefly turned violent, the BBC’s Tom Burridge reports from western Turkey.
Police have reportedly been stopping coach-loads of protesters from entering Soma town and several lawyers linked to Turkey’s opposition movement have been arrested, our correspondent adds.
Tuesday’s disaster occurred when an explosion sent carbon monoxide gas into the mine’s tunnels while 787 miners were underground.
Mine operator Soma Holding has denied any negligence. A representative said an unexplained build-up of heat in the mine appeared to have caused the collapse.
However, Sengiz Shahan, who used to work at the mine, told the BBC that he and his colleagues were too afraid to complain about bad safety standards.
There have been several angry anti-government protests across the country over the last four days.
Correspondents say people across Turkey are travelling to Soma to offer condolences, but the governor has banned all gatherings and checkpoints have been set up.
Some trade unions have called for another protest on Saturday night.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been criticised for appearing insensitive in his reaction to the disaster.
Both Mr Erdogan and his aide Yusuf Yerkel have come under fire after photos that appeared to show them assaulting protesters were published in Turkish media.
17 May 2014 | 5:00 pm – Source: bbc.co.uk