As Turkey attempts to come to terms with the country’s worst industrial disaster, the mine fire that has left at least 300 people dead, the prime minister faces a growing backlash over his handling of the tragedy.
The accident outside the town of Soma has highlighted lax safety standards in the country’s coal industry and left the families of the dead miners pointing the finger of blame at Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
For the Turkish prime minister, Soma has become “a multi-layered PR disaster”, said Kerem Oktem, an Oxford research fellow and analyst at the Istanbul Policy Centre. “Even his polarising rhetoric isn’t going to let him reshape the public response.”
First published in FINANCIAL TIMES
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