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Doncaster’s Turkish community protests about mine disaster

Protesters gather in Doncaster to protest about the Turkish mine disaster.

Protesters gather in Doncaster to protest about the Turkish mine disaster.

Members of Doncaster’s Turkish community marched through Doncaster town centre this afternoon to protest about the Soma mining disaster.

About 40 people of Turkish descent gathered in the Market Place and carried their banners along Baxter Gate and St Sepulchre Gate.

They were led by Ismail Candir, president of the Doncaster Alevi Cultural Centre in Chequer Road, who was dressed as a miner and pushing a barrow of coal.

Spokesman Kenan Ekiztas said no-one in Doncaster was related to the 301 miners killed in the Soma pit but they felt strongly about the Turkish government’s handling of mine safety issues.

“People as young as 15 have died in the Soma disaster because they were using fake ID. The Government knows this goes on but does nothing to make sure it is safe for the miners to work.”

 

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