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Thousands clash with police at mine protest in Istanbul

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 01:11

May 14 - Clashes break out during mine explosion protest in Istanbul. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) TORY: Around two thousands of people clashed with police on Wednesday in Istanbul at a mine protest as hopes faded of finding more survivors in a coal mine in western Turkey where 245 workers were confirmed killed and around 120 still feared to be trapped in what is likely to prove the nation's worst ever industrial disaster. Anger over the deadly fire at the mine about 480 km (300 miles) southwest of Istanbul echoed across a country that has seen a decade of rapid economic growth but still suffers from one of the world's worst workplace safety records. Fire knocked out power and shut down ventilation shafts and elevators shortly after 3 pm (1200 GMT) on Tuesday. Emergency workers pumped oxygen into the mine to try to keep those trapped alive during a rescue effort that lasted through the night. Thousands of family members and co-workers gathered outside the town's hospital searching for information on their loved ones. The fire broke out during a shift change, leading to uncertainty over the exact number of miners trapped. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the death toll as of 1600 GMT was 245. Late on Tuesday he said 787 workers had been in the mine.

Thousands clash with police at mine protest in Istanbul

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 01:11

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