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Turkish lawmakers in fresh brawl over anti-violence legislation

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 00:42

Member of Turkey's parliament falls down stairs as Turkish politicians scuffle over security legislation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Turkish lawmakers brawled in parliament for second time late on Thursday during a debate over a bill aimed at cracking down on violent demonstrations. A deputy from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Orhan Duzgun, lost his balance and fell off the stairs as others jostled and exchanged fists, a video shot by CHP lawmaker Sinan Aygun showed. The legislation, which would bolster the powers of the authorities to control protests, has been widely condemned by the opposition who accuse the AKP party of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of trying to create a police state. The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said the security bill would legitimize "state terror". The bill boosts police powers to search people and property and increases penalties for carrying petrol bombs, slingshots and fireworks - all commonly used in Kurdish protests. Anyone hiding their face with headscarves at militant protests will face up to five years in jail. The AKP has a strong parliamentary majority and Erdogan has signaled there will be no backing down. Scuffles already broke out on Tuesday (February 18), the first day lawmakers were debating the legislation. Five lawmakers from opposition parties were hurt and two of them were taken to hospital for treatment. The talks continued on Friday.

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Turkish lawmakers in fresh brawl over anti-violence legislation

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 00:42