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March 08, 2021
Tayyibe Demirel, 64, who is refusing to sell her olive grove to coal mining companies, prays as she stands...
MUGLA, Turkey
The Wider Image: Turkish olive farmer battles to save her land from coal mine
Tayyibe Demirel, 64, who is refusing to sell her olive grove to coal mining companies, prays as she stands in her olive grove in Turgut village near southwestern town of Yatagan in Mugla province, Turkey, February 24, 2021. Determined to save her land and village, Demirel has singlehandedly taken on the operators extending the mine to feed what is one of Turkey's largest power plants. She won a court case against the expansion of the mine towards her village. Her victory in court halted plans for mine expansion, but Demirel fears her six-acre property is being surrounded. "I am in love with the trees, the green. I am in love with the singing of the birds and nature. Three or four years ago, this demolished land was full of tulips, poppies and daisies. Which one is better, a hell pit or nature?" REUTERS/Umit Bektas SEARCH "UMIT COAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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