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Arrests made in deadly Turkish mine tragedy

Arrests Made In Deadly Turkish Mine Tragedy

Police have arrested at least a dozen suspects in connection with Turkey's coal mining disaster that killed hundreds last week.

Officials say the mine collapsed Tuesday in the city of Soma - trapping nearly 800 miners underground. Sky News reports an investigation into the causes behind the disaster is still underway, but an official death toll stands at 301.

According to Euronews, the incident has sparked country-wide protests over what many believe to be a decline in working conditions since the once state-run mines became privatized.

The exact number of the suspects in custody is still unclear - but according to Turkish media, high-ranking officials of the company operating the mine, Soma Holding, are among those detained on charges of negligence.

According to Sky News, preliminary reports suggest many safety violations, such as lack of carbon monoxide detectors and inadequate support beams, could have contributed to the incident.

The Hurriyet Daily News reports mine technicians even reported the poor state of electrical cables to supervisors just two weeks before the incident.

But mine owners insist it was an accident and have rejected all claims of negligence in what might be the country's worst-ever mining tragedy.

In a news conference, representatives from the company blame the collapse of the mine on an unexplained buildup of heat. They also disputed previous reports claiming a fire erupted from a malfunctioning transformer.

But BBC points out Turkey's grim mining history. 13,000 miners were involved in workplace accidents in Turkey last year - making up more than 10 percent of all work-related accidents.

According to CNN, as many as 100 mines closed within the last three years due to a lack of safety inspections. Other mines have been criticized for a lack of ventilation and outdated safety equipment.

Many Turkish citizens are outraged over the tragedy and at the lack of responsibility taken by Soma Holding. Government officials hope to put in place new mining regulations once the investigation has been completed.

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Camp Bulldog May 18 2014 at 3:17 PM

Hmmmm let me know how that 'taking responsibility' thing works in your country. Here in the States...they have not developed a handle on that idea as of yet...

GM was fined 32 million..... that is like giving Warren Buffet a speeding ticket...

The Government..... IRS..Benghazi,,,NSA... VA,...not much better at it....

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rdz69 Camp Bulldog May 18 2014 at 5:27 PM

what is o's opinion on this matter?

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Debi rdz69 May 18 2014 at 9:13 PM

O thinks you are a troll and a fool who wastes too much time on the internet

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lswanberg rdz69 May 19 2014 at 8:17 AM

You are in your Mom's basement eating Cheetos and scratching your stomach!

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lswanberg Camp Bulldog May 19 2014 at 8:16 AM

Camp Bulldog.....just for edification purposes the VA has always had a backlog of cases. The IRS did nothing wrong....what else can be said about Benghazi that has not already been said....it is a political football only! Healthcare is working out so the Republicans need a drum to bang on every single day. For God's sake they are already starting on Hillary and her "brain damage". As far as the NSA goes....if we have another attack on this country YOU will be the first one at the front of the line crying about how we didn't do enough to track down them damn terrorists.....and you will blame the NSA...the CIA.....the FBI....the ATF and of course the big "O"....... and so much for the traitor Eric Snowden....yeah he is living in a "FREE" country...I hope he spends his days in Russia trying to figure out why he isn't in AMERICA. Russia is a beacon of light and freedom in this otherwise dark world....Hahahahahahaha!

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brad May 18 2014 at 6:20 PM

In America when we have a scandal or wrongdoing, officials simply take the fifth and then get promoted .

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honeyrose3332 brad May 18 2014 at 11:26 PM

I couldn't resist but had to ask, they take the fifth of gin and then get promoted?

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lswanberg brad May 19 2014 at 7:53 AM

Oh please dear God stop this.......if you do not like the 5th amendment fine but I am quite sure that if arrested you would be the first in line to use it. You guys only "don't like" something until you need it. Take Rush Limbaugh for example......he is a drug addict and before we all found out he used to trash the ACLU and say that drug addicts should get the death penalty. Well when the courts wanted his medical records where did he go....he ran not walked to the ACLU. Un-flipping believable......you people and your opinions tickle my funny bone!

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cherofnc May 18 2014 at 7:03 PM

Ohhh....I see Turkey is holding people responsible. Wow. Fancy that. Holding the people responsible....responsible. What a novel aspect.

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rdz69 May 18 2014 at 5:26 PM

what is o's comment on this matter?

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lswanberg rdz69 May 19 2014 at 8:01 AM

What "O" are you speaking of...."O"rlando Cepeda...."O"scar DeLahoya...."O"prah Winfrey??? Of course not.......you are taking about "O"bama. The man that you and others like you believe is at fault for anything and everything that has or ever will happen anywhere in the world all of the time. Why should he comment on this tragedy other than to express his sympathy for the families. He is not the President of the world......but he is the President of the United States.....how you hate that!!! Get over it he won 2 elections and has another 2.5 years left. The next person in the White House will be a woman and a Clinton....I can't wait to see heads explode over that one!

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lov2elkhnt May 18 2014 at 4:20 PM

Sounds like they have a directional focus to the investigation but I sure wouldn't rule out a few extremist terrorists doing sabatage

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lswanberg lov2elkhnt May 19 2014 at 8:08 AM

As if mines are safe........not every single thing on this planet is caused by "terrorism". How about bad mine owners....how about they don't care about their people in Turkey......how about a stupid boast Captain in South Korea?????? You are talking as if mines are safe.....where is your head at????

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hackitoff2 May 18 2014 at 4:23 PM

just wonder if those arrested will get off with a slap on the wrist - say a fine of 500 turkish lira

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honeyrose3332 hackitoff2 May 18 2014 at 4:54 PM

May not, after all, they're not in America.

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lswanberg hackitoff2 May 19 2014 at 8:06 AM

You do not understand South Korea or Turkey do you?????? The death penalty is the only option in those countries.....as it is in China. It is onlyin America where the mining companies get a civil fine and are let off with a slap on the wrist. You don't know where you live obviously.

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oujoou May 18 2014 at 5:01 PM

The mining business. Not sure it's the kind of world where people care a lot about anything other than doing their job . . . or if you're at the top . . . keeping up with demand. What if 'oil' were something you had to mine for? Wow. :( I think the question on a lot of people's minds is how long it takes and what kind of soap do you need to get off the work-related soot. Does it get to a point where you just sort of 'fake' the shower? And of course does being 'dirty' make the sex better? :( If you want people to care about you . . . mining is probably not the best choice for profession. If you bring in a nice coffee table . . it's going to get covered in soot. If you have clean glasses . . . the fingers will leave dark smudges. These umm . . . 'higher ups' in the company will most likely be found guilty of negligence. Of course . . it's not fair because of the 'reality' of the job . . . which is HELL. :(

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npaleorelic May 19 2014 at 7:22 AM

Obviously Turkey is sorta behind the times compared to us but I laughed when I read that safety may have declined once the mines were privatized. Seems Turkey isn't so backward afterall as they surely mimic our capitalist mentality.....profits before any other thing

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