Turkey mine disaster: PM aide Yusef Yerkel photographed attacking Soma mourner

A senior aide to Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been photographed repeatedly kicking a mourner in the wake of Turkey’s worst ever mining disaster.

Yusef Yerkel, attacked the angry mourner after he allegedly kicked a car in Mr Erdoğan’s convoy.

Tensions boiled over yesterday as the Prime Minister experienced hostile protests, while he visited the afflicted mining town, Soma,

The town’s occupants have been told to expect the death toll of 282 miners to rise.

Turkish PM aide 'kicks mourner in disaster-struck mining town'
The protester was being held down by special forces police before Mr Yerkel intervened (Picture: AP Photo/Depo Photos)

Of the 787 workers in the mine at the time of the explosion, only 363 have been accounted for including those killed.

Prime Minister Erdoğan was forced to hide in a supermarket as protesters surrounded his convoy until anti-riot police could subdue the crowd with water cannons.

The Prime Minister experienced outrage after describing the disaster as ‘typical’ citing examples from 19th century England.

Mr Yerkel has stated he will be making a public statement regarding the incident after calls for his resignation and arrest.

epa04205654 Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters as they clash during a demonstration for the victims of the Soma mine explosion, in Istanbul, Turkey, 14 May 2014. Turkey declared three days of mourning on 14 May as the death toll from the country's worst mining disaster in more than two decades reached 205, with fears that the number could climb much higher. Of the 787 workers who were in the coal mine when the explosion and fire occurred late 13 May, only 363 of them have been accounted for, including those killed.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA
Water cannons were used to subdue the angry protesters(Picture: EPA/SEDAT SUNA)



15 May 2014 | 5:14 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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