Gendarmerie detained 20 earthquake survivors on April 4 in Hatay's Samandağ district after they tried to prevent the dumping of rubble into a stream.
Although the rubble is being removed in the earthquake-affected areas, the unsystematic designation of the places where the rubble is dumped and the asbestos that emerges have caused a public reaction. Scientists have been issuing warnings about the risk of asbestos and its threats to public health.
On April 3, Samandağ residents had also staged a protest against the arbitrary dumping of rubble from collapsed buildings. The protesters had reacted against the designated dumping area’s vicinity to tents camps and Milleyha Bird Sanctuary.
The rubble removal work has been continuing in the quake-zone where more than 200,000 buildings have either collapsed or received severe damage.