Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was forced to take refuge in a shop as the relatives of dead miners besieged him in the small town of Soma, where 238 workers died Tuesday after an underground explosion.
A video that emerged online showed Erdoğan being booed, whistled and heckled by an angry mob before he was escorted to a shop by his security team.
Some people reportedly kicked his official car, while a crowd smashed up the local headquarters of the ruling AK Party.
Wow, video of PM Erdogan protested in Soma, taking refuge in a small shop. I don't think he's ever experienced this. http://t.co/oDpSUgcZfy
— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) May 14, 2014
Erdoğan's dismissed the criticism, saying the CHP motion had "nothing to do with the Soma mine."
Between 2000 and 2009, there were 25,655 accidents in mines run by the government agency. That resulted in 63 deaths and 26,324 injuries, Turkey's Mine Workers Union said.