“I went back in British history. Some 204 people died there after a mine collapsed in 1838. In 1866, 361 miners died in Britain. In an explosion in 1894, 290 people died there,” Erdoğan said on a visit to the grieving town of Soma.1838? 1866? 1894? Things were bad in Dickensian workhouses too, but they aren't usually used to defend contemporary working conditions. Yes, I know Hurriyet Daily News is an opposition newspaper, but no one is denying he said it.
“Take America with all of its technology and everything ... In 1907, 361 [miners died there],” he added. “These are usual things.”
Adding insult to injury, this photo is said to show an aide or bodyguard of the Prime Minister kicking a protesting relative of a dead or missing miner:
Lending credibility to the tale is another photo showing the same man wearing apparently the same tie, walking with Erdoğan. Social media are saying he's a senior aide. UPDATE: He's Yusuf Yerkel, a Deputy Chief of Staff in the PM's office.
Kicking a mourner.