Turkish PM's aide fired for kicking protester

Yusuf Yerkel lost his job after kicking a protester after the Soma mine disaster.

Turkish PM's aide fired for kicking protester

World Bulletin / News Desk

An aide to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan who made front page news around the world after being filmed kicking a protester in the wake of Turkey's worst ever mining accident has been sacked, a government official said on Saturday.

Footage earlier this month showing Yusuf Yerkel apparently lashing out at the man - who was being held on the ground by two security officers - sparked widespread outrage and came to symbolise the government's widely criticised handling of the disaster, in which more than 300 people died.

Despite expressing regret for what happened, Yerkel was sacked by Erdogan earlier this week, although news of the decision only emerged at the weekend, the official told Reuters.

"Yusuf Yerkel apologised but it was too late. At the end of the discussion the Prime Minister fired him directly," the source said.

Yerkel had been off work since shortly after the incident, reported to be suffering with leg injuries sustained whilst kicking the man, a situation the deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc described on Thursday as "tragicomic".

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