Turkey’s highest court rules police breached mine disaster protesters' rights

Turkey’s highest legal body has ruled that police interventions that injured two people protesting a mining disaster in 2014 violated their right to dignified treatment, Turkish news site Diken reported.

The Constitutional Court said the heavyhanded police intervention and use of tear gas on demonstrators in Ankara also violated their right to gather and protest.

The protesters gathered in the capital city the day after an explosion set off an underground fire in a mine in Soma, western Turkey, on May 13, 2014, killing 301 people in the deadliest mining disaster in the country’s history.

Two people who joined the protest in Ankara opened a lawsuit against the police force after they were treated in hospital for the effects of tear gas.