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Images of prime minister's aide kicking protester in Turkey causes outrage, dents PM's image
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:40 AM EDT
A video of an aide of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan kicking a protester has sparked outrage in Turkey and tarnished the Turkish leader's image ahead of his expected run for president.
The incident occurred during Erdogan's visit Wednesday to a mine disaster in the western town of Soma that killed at least 282 miners. Scores of others are missing.
The prime minister's office distanced itself from the incident, with one official saying the issue was "his own personnel matter." The official was not authorized to give his name to the press without authorization, which he did not have.