In pictures: Protests after Turkey mine disaster

  • 15 May 2014
  • From the section Europe
An explosion thought to have been set off by an electrical fault caused the pit to collapse. By Wednesday night, at least 274 people were confirmed dead.
Prime Minister Erdogan visited the site of the disaster but was booed as he arrived and had abuse hurled at him.
The Turkish leader was accused of being insensitive while visiting the mine in Soma.
Rescuers are still searching for more than 100 miners who remain unaccounted for.
Many of the relatives still waiting for news of their loved ones gathered at the local hospital.
Mr Erdogan was forced to take refuge in a local supermarket after his visit provoked anger in the small town.
The crowds marched to the offices of Mr Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party in Soma and destroyed the building and its contents.
There were also demonstrations on the streets of Istanbul, with police using tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters.
There were similar scenes in the capital Ankara as police used water cannon to stop about 800 protesters.
The protests look set to continue across the country, with many accusing the government and the mining industry of negligence.