Today in New York City at Union Square at 7 pm, gathering regarding Soma mining disaster to demand justice and say “No fate, nor accident. This is systemic murder.”
282 workers were reached dead so far according to the latest figure given by the Energy Minister Taner Yıldız in the morning hours of May 15. The death toll has climbed throughout May 14 along with the tension as the sorrow felt for the losses has also manifested in anger against the authorities.
A parliamentary proposal of investigation about the working conditions in the Soma coal-mine proposed by the opposition parties was refused just two weeks ago, on April 29, by the majority votes of AKP deputies.
According to International Labor Organization (ILO) figures, Turkey ranks first in Europe and third in the world for fatal work accidents. The ILO says 18 out of 100,000 insured laborers die every year in work accidents, seven times greater than the EU average of 2.5.
Tensions in Soma continued after Prime Minister Erdoğan’s press statement. An angry group attacked the district headquarters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), damaging the building:
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has cited decades-old examples to defend his government over its mining record. He said labor accidents are “usual things.”
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