Turkish protests over mine deaths

Activists in Turkey clashed with riot police during a protest against the deaths of miners last week. At least 286 people were killed, with hundreds more still trapped underground after an explosion and fire in a coal mine in the western Turkish province of Manisa.
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Protesters clash with riot police as they protest the deaths of miners at Kadikoy in Istanbul on May 15, 2014. At least 286 people were killed and hundreds more remained trapped underground after an explosion and fire in a coal mine in the western Turkish province of Manisa, the energy minister said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Protesters clash with riot police as they protest the deaths of miners at Kadikoy in Istanbul on May 15, 2014. At least 286 people were killed and hundreds more remained trapped underground after an explosion and fire in a coal mine in the western Turkish province of Manisa, the energy minister said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A protester clashes with riot police during a protest against the deaths of miners at Kadikoy in Istanbul on May 15, 2014. At least 286 people were killed and hundreds more remained trapped underground after an explosion and fire in a coal mine in the western Turkish province of Manisa, the energy minister said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Protesters clash with riot police as they protest the deaths of miners at Kadikoy in Istanbul on May 15, 2014. At least 286 people were killed and hundreds more remained trapped underground after an explosion and fire in a coal mine in the western Turkish province of Manisa, the energy minister said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Protesters protect themselves from tear gas fired by riot police during a demonstration blaming the ruling AK Parti (AKP) government for the mining disaster in western Turkey in Ankara, on May 15, 2014, three days after an explosion and a fire at a coal mine in Soma in western Turkey killed hundreds of workers. At least 282 workers died after Tuesday's explosion -- believed to have been sparked by an electrical fault -- at a private mine in the western district of Soma, one of the worst such accidents in recent history. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Protesters with miner helmets, their faces covered with black stains, shout slogans during a demonstration for the victims of the Soma mine accident on May 15, 2014, near Taksim Square in Istanbul. Police intervened twice today when around 20,000 protesters took to the streets in the western city of Izmir to protest the death of 282 miners in the country's worst ever industrial accident. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Plain clothes police officers detain a protester during a demonstration to blame the ruling AK Party (AKP) government for the mining disaster in western Turkey, in Ankara on May 15, 2014, three days after an explosion and a fire at a coal mine in Soma in western Turkey killed hundreds of workers. At least 282 workers died after Tuesday's explosion -- believed to have been sparked by an electrical fault -- at a private mine in the western district of Soma, one of the worst such accidents in recent history. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Police officers stand guard as protesters hold a banner reading 'This is not an accident, this is a murder. The government is responsible.' as they take part in a protest against the government of Turkish Prime Minister, in Ankara, on May 15, 2014, three days after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma in western Turkey which killed hundreds of workers. Anger at Turkey's government boiled over today as tens of thousands went on strike and police clashed with protesters after at least 282 workers died in one of the worst mining accidents in modern history. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Photographers take pictures of a man in a wheelchair as Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters during as they clash during a demonstration in memory of the victims of the Soma mine explosion, on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2014. Anger was growing across Turkey on May 14 as hopes faded for scores of workers trapped in a collapsed mine and the death toll hit 245, edging it closer to becoming the country's worst-ever industrial disaster. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkish riot policemen surround a statue depicting a miner, on May 14, 2014, after the passage of protesters during a demonstration in Ankara gathering hundreds after more than 200 people were killed in an explosion at a mine. Police fired tear gas and water cannon when around 800 protesters shouting slogans against the government faced police intervention attempted to march from the Middle East Technical University to the energy ministry. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkish riot policemen stand on May 14, 2014 during a demonstration in Ankara gathering hundreds after more than 200 people were killed in an explosion at a mine. Police fired tear gas and water cannon when around 800 protesters shouting slogans against the government faced police intervention attempted to march from the Middle East Technical University to the energy ministry. (AFP/Getty Images)