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Turkey: 'Mining execs detained' after disaster kills hundreds

Turkish police have detained 19 people, including mining company executives, as part of an investigation into the Soma mining disaster, Reuters have reported citing Turkish media.

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Tear gas and water cannon used on protesters

Riot police fire tear gas against protesters as they demonstrate to blame the government for the Soma pit fire. Credit: Reuters\Stringer

Turkish police used tear gas and water cannon to clear protesters from the streets of Istanbul who had gathered to demonstrate over the Soma mine disaster.

"Government resign," the protesters chanted as they marched along the city's Istiklal Avenue before the police intervened, sending them scattering into side streets, Reuters reports.

Riot police detain a protester as he and others demonstrate to blame the ruling AKP for the Soma pit disaster. Credit: Reuters\Stringer

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