People have taken to the streets in Soma and other towns against the government's decades of corruption and double dealing. The people have had enough. These protests are part of a larger nation wide protest against the ruling AKP government and its local political leaders that's been occuring for over a year. Istanbul's continual Gezi protest has also focused its anger from the city government to the national government. The Turkish PM's aid was seen kicking a protester not far from the Soma mines. It has sparked further fury by nearby protesters who are burning tires and clashing with police.