Large protests in Turkey over mine disaster

Leah reports on the situation in Turkey

Large protests continue across Turkey over the country's worst mining disaster which killed over 280 people.

Workers are holding a one-day strike - refusing to go to work - because they say mining conditions in the country have become too dangerous.

An electrical fault caused an explosion in a mine, in the town of Soma in western Turkey on Tuesday.

Over 360 survivors were rescued from the mine but so far 282 people have died and more than 150 are missing.

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Anger at the government

The protestors are angry and say that not enough money is being spent on making mines safe for workers.

But many of the protests aren't just about safety in mines: people are unhappy with how the government runs the country.

The Turkish president Abdullah Gul visited Soma today and has spoken to families of the victims.

He visited injured miners in hospital and toured the scene of the disaster.

Yesterday saw an angry reaction when the country's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visited the scene - his car was attacked and he was booed.

People felt that the prime minister didn't seem to care enough about the victims, after he said that such disasters were part of the job of mining.

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