Tear gas fired at Turkey quake demonstration

Police in Turkey have fired tear gas at angry crowds frustrated with the state response to two fatal earthquakes.

Rescue teams are still searching for survivors in the city of Van following a 5.7 magnitude quake on Wednesday that killed at least 12 people.

Last month, around 600 people died after a larger 7.2 quake hit the same region.

On Thursday, riot police used batons and tear gas to disperse around 200 people who had been demonstrating at the site of a collapsed hotel.

«How can you fire pepper spray on people who have already suffered so much?» said Abdulrahim Kaplan, 32.

«Our people are freezing. We are sleeping outside, all seven of my family… Some people take five tents, some 10 and others get nothing. This is wrong.»

Thousands of families are living in makeshift camps, battling with freezing conditions. The government has said that there are enough tents for anyone who needs them.

Speaking after the protests, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said that preparations were underway to provide more tents.

Meanwhile footage has emerged of the moment the earthquake struck.

The CCTV images show buildings collapsing in great clouds of debris as people attempt to run to safety.


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