MP in Turkey cuffs herself at microphone, gets attacked by other MPs

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Independent MP Aylin Nazlıaka handcuffed herself to Turkish Parliament podium to filibuster constitutional debate. Female Members of the AK Party surround and attack her. Several people got injured in this fight.

Background: The ruling AK Party of Erdogan introduces an authoritarian presidential system.

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Brawl in Turkish parliament

After 2016’s bungled coup and as part of his subsequent crackdown on political enemies and the media, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants new powers to hire and fire government ministers. The debate in Turkey’s parliament got out of hand, with members of the ruling AK Party and opposition Republican People’s Party getting into fisticuffs.

Turkey: AKP MPs attack HDP MPs in Constitutional Committee meeting – again

Lawmakers in the Turkish parliament have once more engaged in a fistfight over a controversial government proposal for stripping the legislators of their immunity from prosecution.

Television broadcasts showed Monday lawmakers hurling water bottles and other objects across a hall where members of the constitutional committee of the Turkish parliament were meeting to discuss a government-backed proposal to strip MPs of their immunity from prosecution.

The main brawl was between lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and those from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP).

AKP’s proposal, which has stirred huge controversy in the media, could pave the way for the trial of several pro-Kurdish legislators on terror-related charges. It came after AKP’s main figure, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accused HDP of being an arm of the outlawed Kurdish militants.

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5 Legislators hurt in Turkish Parliament

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