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the place turkey's worst mining disaster took place two days ago. find out what happened when president gul came here a short time ago. deadly violence strikes thailand. three are killed in an attack on antigovernment demonstrations. also coming up, aaron joining us. looking at turkey in particular, energy needs. >> turkey's economy has doubled in the past decade. that mean's demand for energy has gone will you the roof. more than a quarter of turkey's electricity comes to get the black stuff out of the ground. has all of that played a part in the disaster? it's midday here in london. 7:00 p.m. bangkok, 2:00 p.m. in western turkey where rescue
workers are desperately trying to reach 150 miners trapped ft ripped through the mine. ) áqp&ly their hopes of finding more survivors are continuing to fade. the president was there just a short time ago.qi7:p&h(lc% he arrived and of course the government facing increasing criticism over safety standards. protests have been around the country. violent ones as wellçó inss -- well. how did everyone there react to the visit of the president abdullah gul? >> reporter: lucy it was interesting. it ended not a long time ago.
he didn't stay a particular long period of time. let me backtrack and tell you. behind me is the mine site. the haze in the air was also mixed with smoke coming out of the mine. we were told fires had carried on blazing underground many hours after the initial blast. we could see the smoke early this morning. it's cleared a little now. the mood is down beat here. i think many hours after this thing happened, people are not really holding out much hope. take a listen to the report i come piled earlier. the morning brought hope to some. the mine is now a scar on the landscape and wound in the heart of family as unsure of whether to grieve. it's been a long time since scenes like these. two miners emerge alive. these are from yesterday.
now the country's energy minister says there's more bad news. >> 282 workers killed have been returned to their families by this evening. there will be no delays in delivering them to their families. they can plan funerals. we are trying to do everything as quick as possible. >> reporter: into this grief came turkey's president gul hoping to avoid the protests his prime minister drew when he visited yesterday. people here are angry privatization of the mining industry may have left it unsafe. they're angry at lack of transparency about the rescue work. over here through the haze of what is smoke coming out of the mine, this is the entrance area. you see a large crowd of people. many are media. amongst them are family and friends of some of the miners. a lot of anger and emotion here today. many people say they will not
leave until they get news of their loved once. some do have the blessing of certainty. bodies are taken to the morgue for identification and storage. dig mass graves is the way the community can deal with such huge loss. bbc news in soma, turkey. >> that's the kind of level of feeling here. just a short while ago as i was saying in the report, president abdullah gul did visit. this area was full of security ahead of that visit. when he came, it only lasted ten minutes. he walked into the mind without talking to anybody. he went inside and little while later came out again. at that point he started to try to talk to a few people on the
sidelines. among them were relatives. one relative shouted at him, get out of here. he was making the point that because the president was here, because the securities had been necessary for the president's visit, this relative was saying it was holding up the rescue. that gives a sense of how people are feeling are when members of the turkish government come and visit. they're more concerned with what's going on inside the mine to either find any survivors if there's any chance or get relative's bodies out as quick as possible to bury them and move on. the end was not just about the rescue. it was also about the causes of this mining disaster. many people in turkey, not just in this area, but around the country are suggesting that it was the government 's policy of privatizing the mining industry since 2004 that may have left it unsafe. mining safety standards haven't
been followed as a result. the government says this mine has been inspected regularly. the mine owners say the same as well. those protests are out there and have been quite violent in some cities. in the last up couple of days we've seen hundreds of protestors on the streets. police used tear gas and water cannons against so. protests carry on. we are hearing of some today. that's a picture around the country in turkey let me bring in my colleague joining us here. she's been following since it started. i want to talk about the protest. we're hearing about more in the area. it gives a sense of how national the outrage is about this disaster, doesn't it? >> yes. this is the worst mining disaster that's taken place in turkey.
we're talking act a death toll of over 280 people. this is a very, very big number. that is at the moment. we haven't yet known about the 150 people still down under in the mine. so the best increase of people very concerned about this. >> it's not just physical protest. this has been very big online as well. give us an example of the flavor of social media outrage around this disaster. >> when people started hearing about this accident initially, their first reaction was calling out for protests online through twitter and facebook. they were calling in several cities across turkey. we are going out on the street in solidarity with miners. we are will protest the government they were saying.
every sort of picture regarding what is going on here at the site and what is taking place across turkey during those protests are being shared. one particular picture has become viral. a prime minister aid apparently kicked a relative according to some people. some people say no, he wasn't a relative. he was coming from somewhere else. >> an appointed aid of the prime minister? >> yes. he kicked a protestprotestor. he didn't deny that. he said yes i am the person in the picture. >> he admitted doing it? >> he didn't say why. he said i'm going to make a further statement. we still haven't heard from him yet. that is him in the picture that kicked the protestor. >> the government has been
accused of being detached, isolated from its people. how does something like that fuel or feed into that? >> some people wouldn't agree with that. you've got 46% of the vote. having said that, he gets most of his votes from poor, under middle class, uneducated people. we are talking about miners. that is the class which is typically the elector rat of his governing party. but now the speech that he has given when he visited this town yesterday shows exactly what you said that he was somehow detached from the grief people were having here. >> thank you very much for analyzing that forev us. she was talking about the grief people are feeling mixed with anger. one relative told me, i just want to know for sure, is he alive or dead? people want to do to get on with
their lives. at the moment as you see, not a great deal of activity. there's a fond mood. this doesn't meal like an active rescue operation. it feels like recovery operation. >> thanks for joining us with that update from turkey. let's take you to thailand. the army chief warns the army may use violence if necessary. those using violence against innocent civilians were urged to stop. it comes after the destruction of a meeting called to plan new elections. the correspondent there has more from bangkok. >> reporter: they've already stopped one election. now the antigovernment street movement is determined to stop another. they arrived at an air force
base north of bangkok where a meeting was held to hold a new polling day for july. inside the recently appointed acting prime minister trying to persuade reluctant officials that a new election in july is possible. outside, the crowd is showing just how weak the government authority is. despite the lines of police, they simply broke through. led as always by the man who's become the face of this campaign to reshape thai politics. he missed meeting the prime minister by minutes. i want to meet him. i just want to talk a. he went on to insist he has the country's best interest at heart. what his movement is demanding is the overthrow of government that's won every election for the past 40 years and is still
popular in much of the country. there have been dire warnings of a violence backlash if he succeeds. this perhaps was a fore taste. no one admitted carrying out the early morning attack on sleeping protestors. they believe it was the secretive armed militants who operate on the fringes of pro government red shirt movement. two grenades were fired then the sustained gunfire in the area with plenty of soldiers. another sign of thailand fragility. with a weakened police force it may never be known who was behind this attack or others proceeding it. will there will be more. this movement is given free reign to bring down the government. bbc news bangkok. >> let's bring you up to date
with news making headlines around the world. a second round of voting has been announced in afghan presidential elections. the contest will be a run off between abdullah abdullah who scored 45% of the vote and the runner up, finance minister ghani. elections will be held in june. western combat troops are due to leave the country by the end of the year. a chinese worker has been killed during another day of rioting in vietnam over beijing deployment. 90 were injured. the captain and three senior crew members of a ferry that sank off south korea last month are charged with manslaughter. they're accused of abandoning ship telling the passengers to stay on board. 11 other crew members will also face charges of negligence.
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let's take you live now to soma in turkey where the turkish president is addressing the media. let's listen in. >> then understand the consequences and how serious this was. all our resources had been facilitated to use to deal with this disaster and pain is everybody's pain, not only those who have close relative temperaturths that haven't arrived. i want everyone to know one death is one death.
it's a big disaster for that family and for us and pain for us all. it is really a great tragedy we are facing. to address the wounds of this pain, we need to be unified and stand closer together to get over these hard times. i'm sure the turkish nation will come over this in a stronger way for future. and there are also certain consequences around the world where they declare more in nations because of troubles we have in our country.
those people who passed away in this tragic incident give us signals to look into all those clues and way they operate and safety issues to approach. we have recommendations for some certain changes to take place. these recommendations will have a safer, better working conditions for all. i have also note had the from the information i have received in relation to this incident and all the investigations and all the necessary work had already begun. it continues until we have a successful outcome.
i just wish everybody rest in peace and i wish god gives lots of patience to those who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident. i'm hoping that nations will not have to suffer another painful disaster again and be safe. the government will do upmost to come over such difficulties, not to experience such difficulties again. we will also do our upmost to help those families who have lost loved ones. once again i want to declare i share everyone's pain and difficulty that they are going through at moment.
>> the turkish president in soma, turkey there. he has been meeting with rescue workers and also with family members of course. those rescue teams trying to reach more than 100 other miners. he said the country is facing a great disaster and everyone needed to be unified in a time like this and stand close together. he said he was going to have recommendations for safer and better working conditions for everyone. that's addressed the tens of thousands on the streets today protesting about working conditions and trade unions that have called for a strike a on cross the country. the privatization across the mine others in years has undermined the safety record. he's there addressing concerns saying to grieving families saying he would do the most to
help those families who have lost loved ones. that was president gul speaking in turkey. let's take you to where president barack obama is attend ceremony to open the national september 11th museum. those involved in the day are shown. >> my wife was killed. i'm here because my wife was killed in the world trade center september 11th. to see this happen now it's amazingly satisfying and gut wrenching at same time to get the emotions of that day and those days and weeks afterwards that are coming back. >> the museum is filled with thousands of artifacts. there are huge ones and tiny
ones. people's personal possessions recovered from the site. a slipper, a wallet, a driver's license. things that everyone carries around and really people have as part of their private possessions. suddenly in this place it becomes powerful emotion. >> there's one video that tries to explain al qaeda, where did he come from, what do they believe, do we make a statement that says all muslims are terrorists? not in the least. >> i did see the video. i think it's going to be conf e confusing to people who don't know about islam and muslim to watch the documentary. they're not going to understand this is a small group of people who committed this act.
they're more likely to blame muslims in general. >> it's always going to be a challenge to try to create that narrative that you can use to teach the people who weren't here when it happened. people too young to remember. this is a museum for the future. the 9/11 museum is opening today in new york. let's take you back to turkey. this is a live scene there. rescue efforts are continuing. a very quiet somber scene there. more bodies were recovered today. that brings the death toll to 282. elsewhere in soma, hundreds are attending funerals, digging dozens of graves in the town ready to receive the bodies. 363 have been rescued.
what we are hearing is that 150 miners have not been accounted for. the sad news as hope is fadeing as no miner has been brought up alive today. the trade unions are staging a one day strike and protest at the country's worst ever mining accident. the leaders in turkey are saying the privatization in turkey has undermined the safety record. there are strikes other cross the country and also the process. this is izmir in turkey, thousands coming on the streets. as you can see they're controlled by water cannons. many there saying how angry they are about what has happened, complaining about working conditions. some of the slogans that you might see in the shot say things
like this is not an accident. this is murder. anger growing on the streets of turkey but also social media. we'll keep you across events in turkey on bbc world news. coming up on "gmt," we're looking at the european elections which take place in just under a week. see you in a moment. (mother vo) when i was pregnant... i got more advice than i knew what to do with. what i needed was information i could trust on how to take care of me and my baby.
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economy, supposed to be an economic powerhouse. businesses aren't investing. we're going to look at the big issu issues. well the count down is on until voting starts in the european elections. there's only a week to go. there's a massive undertaking to elect 750 neps shuttled between home countries, brussels. it's looking like more than ever opposed the current eu system. in the latest on our special report on vote 2014, matthew price is in the capital copenhagen. first let's go to athens. chris morris is there.
>> greece is still suffering. it'seot+u♪t- fertile ground for austerity campaign. >> it's getting worse by the minutes. school, book, teachers. >> while if government says corner has been turned there will be a huge antiestablishment vote from the hard left to extreme right. it's hardly surprising given the level of economic pain they've lived through over the last few years. across europe in the election season, there's a political malai malaise. i guess there's a case of being forearmed. >> chris, here in denmark, people are fed up with the government. that's leading to a massive swell of support. you don't need to speak danish to understand their message. >> meet the danish people's
party. they believe eu rules are eroding traditional danish values. they could win the most votes here. their message seems to sa s ts e nate. i think that's too much. >> i like it. i'm a fan. well, there are problems. >> does it have to be so much integration? >> denmark flies the oldest flag in the world. it's a small, proud country. they believe attitudes to the eu are changing. >> from time to time people would like the weuropean union o leave them alone. >> there's concern about the cost of eu membership. the growing number wants this
reformed. if anything that feel as good even stronger here in greece. >> most voters know they need the eu to help the economy grow. the union feels distant, disconnected beyond their control. >> anti-austerity protests continue. they want europe to do more to help. >> create jobs, yes. i believe a lot part of greece should be written off. >> there are plenty of differences. one thing coming through in elections is a real desire for change with calls from right and left. there must be reform with the way the eu works. >> let's take you live to chris who is still in athens for us and matthew price in copenhagen.
chris, if i can start with you. glorious day in athens. one of the issues that comes up over and over again in the union is immigration. is that a factor and how people will vote in greece? >> it is a big factor here. it's a different factor than in northern european countries. the feel as good here on issue of immigration, they'd like the rest of the eu to do more not less to help them. it's about the number of illegal immigrants arriving in the country by land or often by sea. the fact the greek system is struggling to cope with that. they feel they need more solidarity from the eu. one of the political things that's happened because of concerns of illegal immigration, we have seen the extreme right wing party seen by many here as a neo-nazi party campaigning hard on a strong message.
to some people, not a majority by any means, for some that has resonance. >> glad to see blue skies behind you too. looks lovely. what about immigration issues today? >> if you were to sum up why there's a creeping criticism in places like this, there's one word, immigration. the issue has been building in the political arena in places like this over many years. the leading party in the polls, they talk about how european union freed them of rules. it means anybody of work age can travel to another part of the eu and look for work without restrictions. the european countries are relatively doing better than southern seeking in than the
northern european areas. they're saying too many from southern europe coming to take our jobs. it's a political message particularly with blue collar working class workers in denmark, netherlands, germany, finland, britain. that's where the euro skepticism is creeping in. >> is that the message you're hearing over and over again? >> well, i mean, look -- broadly speaking they say eu is good for this country. it's a small country. they believe in general the majority of the country believes membership of the eu single market gives them great economic benefits. they are starting and have been in the last few years to focus on costs of that. they've always been a little bit
mixed feeling toward the eu. yes, economic benefits. they're not happy about the social aspects that come with the european union further integration. there's concern here. other countries in northern europe and others as well. france of course. there's a concern eu is too involved in day-to-day life in some countries. the european parliament, next one, when votes are in and new ones are in their seat, the new parliament and commission are going to have to look closely at what voters are saying about the eu if they're not to lose more public trust. >> it's different in greece. it seems more want more involvement in daily lives in the eu. >> yeah lucy. let's not forget how close it was a couple years ago greece came to falling out of euro.
the majority of people want to remain in both institutions. they say what we want from europe is more help. more understanding they need to write off some of our debt, more funding to help us begin to grow the economy again. not less europe but more. it's about solidarity. those countries in northern europe they feel is sitting pretty need to do more to help the south. >> thanks to both of you for joining us here on "gmt." let's bring in aaron with the latest business. they're still searching for bodies in soma and western turkey. meanwhile the huge strike called by unions across the country. >> a huge strike for an industry needed for turkey's growth. let me explain. thank you very much. as you've been hearing as lucy mentioned, the trade unions called forward this one day
strike. the worst mining accident ever. the union protesters say the privatization of mines in recent years led to lower safety standards. let's look at the energy sector. turkey is undergoing some of the fastest growth in energy demand in the world. most of that is electricity. coal produces more than a quarter of that country's electricity needs. turkey wants to become more self-sufficient and self-reliant which prompted eve eed efforts t coal production. 3000 miners have died in accidents since 1941. nearly 1,200 in the past 12 years. in comparison, in the united
states, coal production has increased 62% in years, fatal injuries have decreased 92%. we are joined by video link from sew massachuset soma. great to have you. in many places like united states where we've seen safety regulations put in place, when it comes to coal production in those countries, safety comes first then production. in turkey it's production first. >> it's always been like that. privatization began in the early 1980s. there is no culture of caring for workers safety in this country. at the risk of sounding slightly controversial, i think it has to do with islam to the extent people seem to consider this to
be their fate somehow, destiny. so how there's very little demands put on the government or at least in the past to improve worker safety. there's no culture of accountability in this country. >> that's interesting. i was reading a line today. there was an accident in 2010, 30 or 38 miners died. the prime minister said it's the fate of that profession basically. do you think this is part of the bigger picture we're seeing in europe and region where countries are trying to be more self-sufficient, dig up their own commodities instead of being reliant on russian gas? >> that's part of turkey's strategy which in 2012 they decided to put more emphasis on coal production, coal fired plants. they've been trying to increase
production in many of these mines. in doing so, obviously cutting even more corners than they were in the past. so that's one reason why we're faced with the kind of disaster we are now. >> amber, can i briefly ask you this, is nearly 300 deaths enough to force action. >> well one would hope so. it's hard to be optimistic. certainly with this government which has been in power for a decade now, we have not once seen them take any kind of responsibility for any mistakes they've committed. let's not forget only a year ago you have masked antigovernment protests because of the government's plan to build shopping malls in istanbul's
square. they were put down with immense police brutality. seven died, six killed by the police. not a single head rolled, not a single cabinet minister fired. no apology was given to victims of that brutality. so it's hard to imagine that anything will change particularly when we consider the prime minister's marks yesterday where he was talking about accidents that happened in europe in the 19th century as to suggest these sort of things happen. >> absolutely. amber, great stuff. we appreciate your time. thanks for joining us there. amber joining us live from turkey. let's switch gears all together. zero, nil, nad da, absolutely nothing. that is how much the french economy agree -- economy grew or
didn't grow. the germany had growth in the first three months 0.8%. growth in france slowed due to house hold spending. those people are not investing. this is proving to be a massive headache for the president and couldn't have come on a worst day. take a look at pictures. thousands of private sector workers are staging a strike across the country now. the plan to freeze rates three years and cut spending to lower taxes and more business friendly policies. port, # fflights, ferry service said to be disrupted. what's it making consumers tighten their belt and stopping or preventing businesses from investing? >> taxes.
lack of unemployment still over 11%. but look, i think the french realize reform is really needed. it's not going to get the economy going again. today 8% in germany. france dropping again behind the neighbor. in the private sector, there's recognition the government has to trim spending. they're saying in the media coffins are empty. if you don't have it, you can't spend it. if you can't spend it, you have to cut somewhere. they're cutting public sector unions. it's not on the sale and size of industrial years ago. it's been disruptive up and down the country. flights cancelled today, trains
cancelled. if you are flying, make sure it's actually going. there's a lot of pressure fromk brussels to cut the deficit. this is one of the biggest public sectors in the world and no longer affordable. >> absolutely. we have to leave it there. thanks for that. joining us live from pariparis. lots gon going -- lots going on. that's it from me. >> thanks aaron. we understand a ferry has capsized with 150 passengers on board. it's not known if there are casualties. are there were poor safety standards on bangladesh ferry back in 2012 a ferry accident and 112 were killed when a boat collided. a ferry has capsized with many on board. as soon as we have more, we'll bring that to you.
to sudan where a 27-year-old wom woman has been sentenced to death for committing to christianity. she is eight months pregnant. she's been charged with adultery as well. she married a christian man and that is the reason for that charge. >> she was born for a christian mother. her father was a muslim. he was not around in her childhood. she considered herself christian. she was married to a christian from south sudan. the court convicted her two sentences. first adultery. they consider it illegal and nulled because a muslim can't
marry a christian. one is 100 lashes. and the other -- >> is there any chance they'll be overturned because she's eight months pregnant? >> there's pressure calling not to freedom of religion. the other is talking with lawyers. there's an appeal system. it's not going to happen. in some cases in other islamic countries. even the sentence is not only international law but is against the constitution. it is stated in free come of religion. >> thank you for joining us. stay with us here on bbc
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weather. the sound of lightning strikes increases according to speed and intensity of solar winds. our correspondent rebecca is with us now. explain more about the study and what they found. >> kind of fascinating. you have to start with the sun. think of the sun as the great big rotating fiery ball of plaza. all the time particles are boiling off. it's like being on the stove and steam coming off. they travel 1 trillion kilometers per hour. they seem to affect our weather. scientists found out when the intensity and speed of particles are at the highest, lightning storms were happening much more often which is a really interesting correlation. >> there are 24,000 people i found out struck by lightning every year. huge amount. i had no idea.
>> very unlucky. >> the good thing about solar winds is they are quite predictable. the sun rotates once every 27 days relative to the earth. if you get a strong solar wind at one point, 27 days later you'll get another. we have satellites in space staring at the sun all the time. they know when a solar wind is going on. you can figure out when and where lightning is to hit on earth. >> who is looking into it and making predictions? >> lots of people. uk have space weather forecasts. the next big trick of scientists is figuring out how this happens. they don't really understand but they think it's particles penetrating storms and making it easier for all them to release
electrical energy in the form of lightning bolts. >> thanks for joining us. we want to update news from bangladesh. a ferry has capsized there. there are 150 passengers on board. it capsized during a storm near the capital. eight bodies so far have been recovered. we are expecting that death toll to rise. the deputy commissioner of the district, police commissioner say they're heading to the spot with a rescue team now. a story we couldn't leave without bringing you this of a young boy who was attacked by a neighbor's dog in california. he was rescued by an unlikely hero. look at this video. there's jeremy playing on his bike. the neighbor's dog attacks his leg. then look at that cat scaring him away.
jeremy is taken to the hospital, needed stitches. he is at home recovering. super cat tara is hero of the world over now. everyone proud of her and that family. thanks so much for joining us here on "gmt." stay with us on bbc world news. plenty of more news coming from turkey coming up. how did we do it last time? i don't know... i forget. hello, neighbors. hey, scott... perfect timing. feeding your lawn need not be so difficult. get a load of this bad boy. sweet! this snap spreader system from scotts makes caring for your lawn snap-crackin' simple, guaranteed. just take the handy, no-mess bag, then snap, lock, and go. it's a new day for lawn care, feedings never been so easy. to see a demo of the snap spreader, go to scotts.com. feed your lawn. feed it! i got more advice than i knew what to do with. what i needed was information i could trust on how to take care of me and my baby.
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