A body of miner is carried to an ambulance in Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa, late May 16, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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Earlier a new fire broke out in the mine, hindering the rescue teams.The disaster triggered angry protests across Turkey, aimed at mine owners accused of ignoring safety for profit, and at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government, seen as too close to industry bosses and insensitive in its reaction to the tragedy.Erdogan has presided over a decade of rapid economic growth The police intervention in Soma could add to public anger towards Erdogan.Questioned on links between Soma Holding executives and Erdogan's ruling AK Party, a mine executive confirmed his wife was a local AK Party politician.The AK Party said the formerly state-run mine at Soma, 480 km (300 miles) southwest of Istanbul, had been inspected 11 times over the past five years.
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