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Turkey Mine Protest 2014

Ahmed Hadrovic

Istandbul, Turkey. May 2014

Days after an explosion at a coal mine in Soma, Turkey, claimed the lives of more than 300 miners, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the government’s handling of both the industry and the crisis.

The explosion and fire at the mine, on 13 May 2014, was followed by protests in Ankara, the capital, where police used tear gas and water cannon to break up a march by students headed toward the Energy Ministry. Similar tactics were used in Istanbul, where protestors marched near Taksim Square – the center of antigovernment protests the year before.