By Michael Daventry, June 6, 2014
After 301 people died in Turkey’s worst-ever mining disaster last month, critics blamed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The government had privatised the mine in Soma and its inspectors had given the site a clean bill of health weeks before disaster struck.
Mr Erdoğan’s supporters tried to shift the blame. Their principal target was the mine’s parent company and its director, Alp Gürkan.