Fists fly as politicians face losing immunity
Punches were thrown and water bottles were hurled, but a Turkish parliamentary committee has approved a contentious proposal to strip members of their immunity from prosecution. The proposed constitutional amendment, which could pave the way for the trial of several pro-Kurdish legislators on terrorrelated charges, was cleared by the committee late on Monday. ProKurdish party lawmakers walked out of the meeting following the brawl, which left one legislator with a dislocated shoulder and a second with a bloodied nose. The amendment, which still needs to be approved by the full assembly, was proposed by the ruling party, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the pro-Kurdish party, People’s Democratic Party, HDP, of being an arm of outlawed Kurdish rebels and called for their prosecution.
BRAWL: Members clash