Angry coal miners and their families besieged and attacked Hassan Rouhani’s car on Sunday, May 7 after he visited the site of the deadly mine explosion.

The explosion at Zemestanyourt mine in Golestan Provinve (northern Iran) on Wednesday, happened after the coal mine filled with methane gas. Dozens of hardworking miners lost their lives following the collapse of the coal mine due to the explosion. Iranian Labor Minister Ali Rabie admitted all miners trapped under the rubble had lost their lives, yet going only as far as announcing 35 deaths. Whereas prior to his remarks other regime officials had declared 90 miners losing their lives.