Fists fly as politi­cians face los­ing im­mu­nity

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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

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