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Scenes Of Pain And Anger As Turkey Reels From Coal Mine Disaster

The death toll of the May 13 explosion is nearing 300. An estimated 150 miners remain trapped underground.

1. Nearly 300 miners have died since a coal mine exploded in Soma, western Turkey on Tuesday, while another 150 miners are believed to be trapped underground. As rescue missions continue, grief and anger are growing.

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2. People mourned as they buried the dead in Soma on Thursday. Whole families and communities have been effected by the blast, Turkey’s worst-ever industrial accident.

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A woman shows photos of her son, who died in the mine accident.

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People mourn in a cemetery during a funeral ceremony for miners.

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A man reads the Quran near graves of victims of the blast in Soma.

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A woman cries for her son who died in the mine explosion.

10. As families and friends mourned, rescue efforts continued. On Thursday, eight more miners were rescued from underground. Turkey’s energy minister said 787 people were in the mine at the time of the accident.

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A miner checks his phone after searching for hours on May 14.

12. On Wednesday, Turkey’s embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Soma. Flanked by security personal, Erdogan expressed his sorrow. Many remained angry that he did not take enough responsibility for the explosion at the state-owned mine.

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13. Protests broke out. Anger at Erdogan’s handling accelerated after pictures circulated of Yusuf Yerkel, an Erdogan advisor, kicking a detained protestor during Erdogan’s visit.

14. Meanwhile, in cities across Turkey, like here in Ankara, protestors also took to the streets to express their anger at Erdogan. The prime minister has faced widespread opposition for his heavy-handed crackdowns on dissent and protests.

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Riot police use tear gas against protesters in Ankara on May 14.

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Turkish riot police fire water cannon on protestors on Istiklal Street in Istanbul on May 14.

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Protesters lie down, pretending to be dead miners, during a protest at Taksim Square on May 14 in Istanbul.

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