In pictures: Protests after Turkey mine disaster

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