Turkish Families Bury Miners As Toll Rises To 282
Women sang improvised ballads about the departed over freshly dug graves Thursday, even as backhoes carved row upon row of graves into the dirt and hearses lined up outside the cemetery with more victims of Turkey’s worst mining disaster. According to government figures, rescue teams recovered another eight victims, raising the death toll to 282, with some 142 people still unaccounted for. The disaster Tuesday has set off protests around Turkey and thrown Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidential ambitions off stride. Blackening his reputation further, one of Erdogan’s aides was accused of kicking a protester on the ground.
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