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Turkish PM's aide who kicked protester fired: official

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 14, 2014 a person identified by Turkish media as Yusuf Yerkel, adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, kicks a protester already held by special forces police members during Erdogan's visit to Soma, Turkey. AP Photo/Depo Photos) TURKEY OUT

ANKARA: An aide to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan who made front page news around the world after being filmed kicking a protester after Turkey's worst ever mining accident has been sacked, a government official said on Saturday.

Footage earlier this month showing Yusuf Yerkel apparently lashing out at the man - who was being held on the ground by two security officers - sparked widespread outrage and came to symbolize the government's widely criticised handling of the disaster, in which more than 300 people died.

 

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