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'Sorrow and anger' in Soma as the town buries its fathers, brothers and sons

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'Sorrow and anger' in Soma as the town buries its fathers, brothers and sons

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Two days after the worst mining disaster in Turkey’s history, Soma woke up to a day of sorrow and mourning. The state’s top politicians arrived in the town to extend their sympathy to the families of those who perished.

Our correspondent Bora Bayraktar was at the scene.

Nezahat Sevim, euronews

“From the pictures we have received, we see there is growing anger, as well as protests – not just in Soma, but all over Turkey. What are your observations about these events? Why is there so much anger throughout the country?”

Bora Bayraktar, euronews

“The families are very sad. They are in a state of deep sorrow and they are angry. In these kinds of incidents, of course, people can look for a target for their anger.

There are some people who think this sorrow and anger shouldn’t be a motive for stirring up political speculation and arguments. But, of course, because the anger and sorrow are so great, it’s not surprising these protests are taking place.”

Nezahat Sevim, euronews

“From this point forwards, it would be counted as a miracle if someone was pulled from the mine alive. That’s why, in recent hours, it’s been more about funerals and identifying bodies. How is the atmosphere at the funerals? How are the families? What are your observations?”

Bora Bayraktar, euronews

“The scene has been reminiscent of the Bosnian war. Rows and rows of graves have been dug. People buried their sorrow in these graves as well as their fathers, husbands and sons. And it wasn’t just about the relatives: there were colleagues, workers, miners… They were also extremely sad. Because, everyday when they bid “goodbye” to their families, it could be for the last time. It’s a very hard job and, from what we understand, there were some problems with working conditions, also. People are reacting to those issues as well as the pain they’re suffering.