Yusuf Yerkel photographed kicking protester as he was held down by police

Kurt Nimmo
May 15, 2014

In Turkey functionaries of the state are especially demonstrative when people disagree with them.

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.

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