Turkish police clash with protesters in mine disaster town

SOMA, Turkey Fri May 16, 2014 10:49am EDT

SOMA, Turkey May 16 (Reuters) - Turkish police fired water cannon and tear gas on Friday to disperse a crowd of several thousand protesters in the town of Soma, where close to 300 people died in the country's worst ever mining disaster this week, a Reuters witness said.

People scattered into side streets as the police intervened on a commercial street in the town lined with shops and banks as well as the offices of the local government and labour union.

(Reporting to Ece Toksabay; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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