This video says about itself:
15 May 2014
At least 282 people have been confirmed dead, mostly from carbon monoxide poisoning, and hopes are fading of pulling out any more alive of around 120 people still thought to be inside.
Many protesters are furious at what they see as a sharp decline in working conditions since the formerly state-run mines, including the one in Soma, were privatised.
Several thousand people meanwhile staged a sit-down protest in front of police water canons in Istanbul. Many held banners with slogans reading, “it is not an accident, it is not fate, it is murder” and “our hearts are burning in Soma”.
Around 1,000 people marched on the labour ministry in Ankara. Some wore miners’ helmets, waving banners showing the image of Che Guevara and chanting, “AKP murders” as police looked on.
AKP is the party of Prime Minister Erdogan.
Anger is growing in Turkey with the Erdogan government, as mass funerals commenced for victims of the mining disaster in the mining town of Soma. The accident, which is referred to by many as “murder” or “massacre”, has revealed the dirty secret behind the internationally acclaimed economic growth in Turkey: the ruthless exploitation of the working class. In Soma there is virtually no hope left of finding surviving miners. The official number of deaths remains at 282, but could go up to 400: here.
The horrific mine explosion in Turkey, with a death toll of nearly 300 and rising, is the worst mining disaster in the history of the country. The devastation wrought on family members and friends was entirely preventable. It was not an unexplainable “accident” but the inevitable result of privatization, government neglect and the capitalist profit system, which sacrifices the lives and limbs of millions of industrial workers around the world every year: here.
Turkey: Protests, strikes over Soma mine disaster continue across Turkey: here.
By Clement Daly in the USA:
West Virginia mine had appalling safety record
16 May 2014
While the world watches the unfolding of the horrific coal mining disaster in Turkey, more has emerged regarding the tragic death of two US miners earlier this week in West Virginia. On Monday, 48-year-old continuous miner operator Eric D. Legg and 46-year-old roof-bolter Gary P. Hensley where killed in a coal outburst while engaged in a dangerous “retreat mining” operation where pillars holding up a mine roof are extracted for their coal.
A coal miner was crushed to death in a southern Illinois mine Wednesday afternoon, the third such fatality in the US in as many days. The MC #1 Mine, owned by billionaire coal magnate Chris Cline, was the site of a fatal accident just six months ago, and at least two other deaths since 2009: here.