Aide to Turkish Prime Minister Photographed Kicking Protestor After Mine Disaster

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May 15 2014 11:55 AM

Turkish Prime Minister's Aide Photographed Kicking Mine-Disaster Protestor Who Was Being Held Down by Police

Manisa, Turkey

Photo by Mehmet Emin Al/Depo Photos/Reuters

At least 282 people died in a disaster at a coal mine in western Turkey earlier this week, and protestors angry about what Reuters describes as "the government's coziness with mining tycoons, its failure to ensure safety and a lack of information on the rescue effort" have taken to the streets. The remarkable pictures above and below show Yusuf Yerkel, an advisor to prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, kicking a protestor during Erdogan's trip to Soma yesterday.

Manisa, Turkey

Photo by Mehmet Emin Al/Depo Photos/Reuters

There's no word yet as to whether Yerkel will be punished for the attack, which video taken at the scene shows occurring in front of a large crowd.

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