Photo taken on May 14, 2014 shows a person identified by Turkish media as Yusuf Yerkel, advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, kicking a protester already held by special forces police members during Erdogan's visit to Soma, Turkey
Photo taken on May 14, 2014 shows a person identified by Turkish media as Yusuf Yerkel, advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, kicking a protester already held by special forces police members during Erdogan's visit to Soma, Turkey © Depo Photos - AFP/File
Photo taken on May 14, 2014 shows  a person identified by Turkish media as Yusuf Yerkel, advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, kicking a protester already held by special forces police members during Erdogan's visit to Soma, Turkey
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Last updated: May 24, 2014

Protester-kicking Erdogan aide fired

A top aide to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who sparked global outrage after being photographed kicking an anti-government protester has been fired, a report said on Saturday.

Yusuf Yerkel unleashed an international outcry when photos went viral of him, dressed in a suit and tie, kicking a demonstrator as he was held down by two security officers during protests over the deadly mining disaster in Soma.

The pictures helped fuel outrage against the government over the country's worst-ever mining disaster that killed 301 people, especially when it later emerged that Yerkel was granted seven days of sick leave for the injuries that the kicking caused to his leg.

Yerkel further stoked the flames with his apology, in which he apologised for losing his cool, but not his actions.

"I am sorry as I was not able to keep my calm in the face of all provocations, insults and attacks I was subjected to," Yerkel told local media.

That official Anatolia news agency on Saturday said that Yerkel, who has held the post of Erdogan's chief of staff for three years, was fired on Wednesday.

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