Fury in Turkey as 300 die in coal mine disaster.

Guardian: “Anger at the deadly mine explosion in Turkey spread across the country on Thursday as thousands of workers joined a protest strike, demonstrators clashed with security forces, and families began to bury scores of men killed in the disaster.”
“As the death toll at the Soma coalmine pushed towards 300, with hopes extinguished for at least 100 more miners thought to be trapped deep in the pit, fury was directed at the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – and fuelled by pictures of one of his aides violently assaulting a protester, and claims that Erdoğan himself had struck a teenage girl.
….Turkey’s worst ever mining disaster triggered a protest strike and skirmishes across the country, and threatened to derail Erdoğan’s presidential ambitions.
….In Istanbul, a group chanted anti-government slogans and carried a large banner that read: “It’s not an accident, it’s murder.” In Soma protesters chanted: “Soma’s coal will burn the government” and “Tayyip the murderer”.
….Authorities said the disaster followed an explosion and a fire at a power distribution unit, and most deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.
The government has said that 787 people were inside the coalmine at the time of the explosion and that 383 had been rescued, many with injuries. The explosion tore through the mine as workers were preparing for a shift change, which probably raised the casualty toll.”