Earthquake victims protest and boo Turkish Justice Minister

Earthquake victims in Diyarbakır province have protested Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ. Victims booed Bozdağ and said “the state is finished.”

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Earthquake victims on Feb. 10 protested Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır’s Yenişehir district. 

Victims booed Bozdağ while he was visiting sites of collapsed buildings with Diyarbakır’s government-appointed Governor and trustee Mayor Ali İhsan Su. 

“The state is finished,” victims said, according to reporting by the Mezopotamya News Agency.

As of Feb. 11, some 21,043 people have yet lost their lives, and 80,097 others have been injured in two major earthquakes that struck southeastern Turkey on Feb. 6 at magnitudes of 7.7 and 7.6. Demolished buildings has been yet recorded as 6,444.

Some 13.5 million people have been affected in 10 provinces, in an area spanning 1,000 square kilometers.

There is growing criticism against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for not preparing the country for earthquakes despite being in power for over 20 years.