Yusuf Yerkel photographed kicking protester as he was held down by police
May 15, 2014
In Turkey functionaries of the state are especially demonstrative when people disagree with them.
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For instance, in response to the globalization – the BBC calls it privatization – of coal mines and a horrific disaster that claimed the lives 282 people in Soma, trade unions held a protest over deplorable working conditions.
During a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, scuffles broke out and an aide, Yusuf Yerkel, was photographed kicking a protester as he was held down by police.
It’s an emblematic photo showing the real face of the state, a rarity that does not come along very often as minions of the ruling elite are normally reserved and private in condoning the state’s monopoly of violence.