People turn out to support Turkish miners’ families

York Press: People turn out in Parliament Street, York, to support Turkish miners’ families People turn out in Parliament Street, York, to support Turkish miners’ families

SCORES of people turned out to support the families of miners who died in an explosion in Turkey.

More than 300 people died in an explosion and fire at the Soma mine last week, and protests have been held by local people against the Turkish government's handling of the disaster - the worst in the country's history.

Ali Kala organised the protest in York yesterday (THURS), to raise awareness of the situation, amid claims that the investigation into the disaster had stalled.

He said: "The Government say it's not their responsibility and that means they can't get insurance payouts to the families. They have stopped further investigations at the mine with police as well and we just feel that's all wrong.

"We had about 50 or 60 people in the end. The reaction was very good and everyone was interested in why we were there. I think we got the message out and helped spread the word. I think it's something we will do again."

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