Protests at Turkish coal mines continue

Thousands of coal miners and supporters have been staging ongoing demonstrations and protests in Zonguldak in the north western Black Sea region of Turkey. The miners are opposing plans to privatise the mines, a move that would lead to massive job losses and reduced health and safety conditions due to cost cutting. These mines are already very dangerous and have claimed the lives of thousands of workers. The Soma coal mine disaster of two years ago that claimed 301 lives is a stark example of the dangers of the profit driven system.