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ESU mourns deceased workers in the Soma coal mine

ISTANBUL – On May 13, Turkey experienced its worst mining accident when a fire broke out in the Soma coal mine. The last remaining body was retrieved on Saturday 17 May, putting the death toll to 301 people according to the prime minister’s office.

The European Students’ Union would like to express its condolences to the workers’ families and Turkish citizens.

The European Students’ Union is happy to see that the government has provided financial support to injured miners and families of those who have died. However, the recovery from this accident is not only financial. Therefore, European students also express their support and encouragement to T-Youth, or the Turkish Youth Association which is a candidate member to the European Students’ Union, in their voluntary and solidarity efforts to help the victims of the Soma mine tragedy.

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For more information, please contact:

Rok Primozic, ESU’s Chairperson: +32/479.126.390 // or Robert Hlynur Baldursson, ESU Communications Manager: +32/473.669.894 //

The European Students’ Union, headquartered in Brussels, is the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students from 39 European countries. ESU represents and promotes the educational, social, economical and cultural interests of students at the European level. Through its member unions, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe. To find out more about ESU, follow us on Twitter @ESUtwt, check out or Facebook page or visit ESU celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012.


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