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Siirt mine disaster

21/11/2016 - 14:11 0
Imprisoned HDP Co-Leader Demirtas Calls For Solidarity With Trapped Kurdish Miners

Jailed Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has sent a message of solidarity to the miners who died and are trapped in the mine in Siirt's Şirvan district.

In the message sent via his lawyers, Demirtas called for solidarity between Kurdish and Turkish workers, and said a bridge should be built between Soma and Şirvan.

“May God rest the soul of the miners who lost their lives in the disaster in Siirt's Şirvan district. I wish condolences to their families and our people, and hope those workers who have not been reached yet are rescued unharmed.

Now is the time to build a bridge of solidarity and love and share pain from Soma and Ermenek to Şirvan. We will definitively triumph in our struggle to work and live humanely.”

Rescue efforts continue at the copper mine where a landslide trapping at least 16 workers occurred on 17 November.

The corpse of Sedat Bulut was taken out of the mine today taking the number of deaths to 6.

On seeing her husband's corpse Bulut's wife had a nervous breakdown.

Rescue efforts for 10 trapped workers continue.

A total of 301 workers were killed after they were trapped in the Soma coal mine in western Turkey that caught fire on 13 May 2014.

Five months later, another coal mine in the central town of Ermenek became flooded and 18 miners were killed.

The Turkish government has been accused of not taking enough precautions for worker safety and not punishing large mining corporations that are in support of the government.

Kurdish commentators have decried that the Şirvan mine disaster has received much less media and political attention than the mines in western Turkey, calling it double standards.

Source: ANF