Protests in Istanbul, Ankara after Turkey coal mine fire

Police dispersed demonstrators in Ankara with tear gas

Protests in Istanbul, Ankara after Turkey coal mine fire

World Bulletin/News Desk

Two protests took place in Istanbul and the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Wednesday demonstrating against Tuesday's deadly coal mine blast in western Turkey's Soma district which killed at least 238 workers.

A sit-in protest started in front of the Soma coal mining company’s building in Istanbul, while police dispersed protesters using tear gas in Ankara’s Middle East Technical University (ODTU).

The police stopped a group of protesters heading out from the university campus to the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry to demonstrate against the coal mine blast. 

After a police warning, some protesters did not disperse and attacked with fireworks, stones and Molotov cocktails, resulting in the police using tear gas and water cannon to disband the group.

The crowd in front of the Soma coal mining company building in Istanbul are still present and the police have barricaded the entrances to the vacant building. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Mayıs 2014, 16:42