Wednesday, 14 May 2014
A woman cries at the scene of one of the explosion sites, after several explosion sites killed at least 200 people and injured over 80 at a mine in Soma, in the Western Turkish province of Manisa. Most deaths were due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
There are reports of over 400 trapped underground. Imagine this had taken place in a Parliament building and the dead and trapped people were politicians, imagine the media frenzy ...Yes exactly.
Miners have blamed the disaster on the absence of safety procedures and the drive for profit at the massive mine. It is to me another case of work murder, where workers are forced to work in sites in illegal, irregular, unsafe and unhealthy conditions.
Those who try to protect their wealth by saying 'profit and capital first', rather than 'People first' share responsibility for these murders. Turkey has lost many other workers like this in similar accidents because of their bosses thirst for profit and casual disregard for safety procedures, but this is the worst disaster for decades and is now being regarded as a catastrophe. To say that I am angry is an underestimate, at the end of the day, again and again CAPITALISM KILLS.
All part of a system designed to maximise profit and create obscene amounts of wealth for a privileged minority and consigning millions to a life of hardship and misery.
My thoughts go out to the victims, and the survivors, their families and those who are left to mourn.
Posted by teifidancer at 11:52