Images of Turkish Official Kicking Protester Fuel Anger Online

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Yusuf Yerkel, an aide to Turkey’s prime minister, was photographed kicking a man during protests on Wednesday in the city of Soma.Credit Depo Photos/European Pressphoto Agency

Last Updated, Saturday, 9:25 a.m. | One day after Turkey’s prime minister was jeered during a visit to the mining town of Soma, where at least 282 workers were killed this week in an accident, one of his senior advisers was forced to admit that he had kicked a protester being restrained by the police.

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Turkish bloggers were enraged by images of Mr. Yerkel, the deputy chief of Turkey’s cabinet, kicking a protester during the prime minister’s visit to the scene of a mine disaster on Wednesday.Credit Depo Photos/European Pressphoto Agency

The adviser, Yusuf Yerkel, acknowledged in an interview with the BBC’s Turkish-language service that he had been involved in the scuffle on Wednesday in the mining…

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