Turkish PM's aide accused of kicking a protester

A man who appears to be Yusuf Yerkel kicks a protester during the prime minister's visit to Soma. Credit: Reuters/Mehmet Emin Al/Depo Pictures

A senior adviser to Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accused of kicking a protester yesterday during his visit to the town where 282 miners died in an explosion on Tuesday.

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A man who has been identified as Yusef Yerkel, was captured assaulting the protester as he was held down by two soldiers.

According to witnesses, the protester had kicked an official car belonging to the convoy of the prime minister, and then Yerkel ran at him, kicking him multiple times.

A man who appears to be Yusef Yerkel, an advisor to Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, kicks a protester. Credit: Reuters

The scenes occurred during a visit by the prime minister, who was heckled by angry families.

The Turkish government have not confirmed the identity of the man.

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