Brawl in Turkish parliament injures five lawmakers

Fight reportedly broke out when members of ruling AK Party approached female member of pro-Kurdish party.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 18, 2015 10:22
Turkish MPs hurt in Parliament brawl‏

Turkish MPs hurt in Parliament brawl‏. (photo credit: TWITTER OF TURKISH MP MUSLIM SARI)

A discussion of a controversial new security bill endangered the security of several Turkish MPs on Tuesday when the Parliament session spiraled into a brawl between rival political factions.

Five MPs were injured in the tussle which broke out during a discussion of the bill which would severely limit the right to protest and assembly, Turkish daily Today's Zaman reported.

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The paper quoted opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker Mahmut Tanal as telling local media that the fight broke out when members of the ruling AK Party began walking toward a female member of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).

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Photos emerged of bandaged lawmakers receiving treatment for their injuries.

Today's Zaman reported that the Parliament discussion continued on into the night despite the brawl.


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