Protesters Tear-Gassed After Turkey Mine Blast
Death toll rises to 238; 120 still trapped, says PM
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 14, 2014 10:35 AM CDT
Rescue workers carry the body of a miner outside the mine in Soma, some 155 miles south of Istanbul, early Wednesday, May 14, 2014.   (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

(Newser) – With the death toll from Turkey's mine explosion at 238, some are attacking a mine management system that "thinks only about money," as one worker puts it. Anger has sparked protests, including one that saw 800 student demonstrators hit with tear gas and water cannons in Ankara, the International Business Times reports. In Istanbul, demonstrators sprayed words like "murderers" on the walls of the offices of mine owner Soma Holdings. The government, too, is under fire after the ruling party rejected an opposition motion to inspect the mines April 29, the IBT notes. Labor officials say the mine was inspected in March.

A union confederation calls the disaster a "massacre." It notes that mines are operated through "chains of subcontractors," making oversight difficult, National Turk reports. Protests are also underway online, using the hashtag "#kazadegilcinayet," which means "murder, not an accident," the IBT notes. Some 120 workers are still trapped, says prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, per RT. Rescuers are pumping oxygen into the shafts to help them survive, Reuters reports. The government has called for three days of mourning.

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People_Suck
May 14, 2014 10:28 PM CDT
Sounds like Tonto's Thanksgiving was ruined. "Mmm Kemosabe, turkey mine blast".
SPHeroid
May 14, 2014 7:59 PM CDT
So some dead miners... There is money to be made....
Lefty_Libby
May 14, 2014 6:42 PM CDT
Heartbreaking. Infuriating. People going to work at a really hard job, and being blown to bits, burned and buried alive or suffocated. It's horrific and disgusting.