Opposition member injured during fight in Turkish parliament
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 18
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The MPs from the ruling Justice and Development Party and the opposition pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party fought in the Grand National Assembly (parliament) of Turkey, the Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported Feb. 18.
The fight occurred while discussing a package of reforms aimed at ensuring the security of Turkey's population in the parliament.
The MP from the Peoples' Democratic Party of Turkey Ertugrul Kurkcu was injured.
Earlier, the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said a number of reforms would be carried out in Turkey to ensure the population's safety.
He said the forthcoming reforms stipulate a ban on holding any rallies aimed against the statehood and threatening the lives of citizens.
Davutoglu said that, in particular, the participants of rallies will be prohibited to cover their faces with special masks, and the use of such masks will be regarded as a threat.
Aside from that, the use of the Molotov cocktail during the rallies, as Davutoglu said, will be set equal to the use of weapon.
He also said the law enforcement agencies of Turkey will see structural changes with regard to the impending exclusion of the gendarmerie from the armed forces.
Following this, a number of opposition parties presented a protest to Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, stating that the country is becoming a "police state."
In response, the prime minister said that despite the dissatisfaction of some political parties, the parliament would adopt a package of reforms to ensure the population's safety, which is very important for Turkey.
Last week, the Turkish parliament postponed the consideration of a new package of reforms to ensure the safety of the population.
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