Erdogan aide fired after protester kick sparks outrage
ANKARA // Turkey’s prime minister has fired an aide who was photographed kicking a protester after the recent Soma coal mine disaster.
Yusuf Yerkel, who was Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s chief of staff for three years, was fired on Wednesday.
The photo of Mr Yerkel, dressed in a suit and tie, kicking a demonstrator as he was held down by two security officers sparked global outrage and tarnished the Turkish leader’s image ahead of his expected run for president.
It later emerged that he was granted seven days’ sick leave for the injuries that the kicking caused to his leg.
Mr Yerkel had issued a statement expressing regret but also claimed that he was provoked.
He would be assigned to another position which has yet to be determined, said Anadolu Agency.
Published: May 25, 2014 04:00 AM