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Turkey police disperse protest against new internet controls (VIDEO)

Published time: February 08, 2014 17:53
Edited time: February 08, 2014 21:47
Riot police use water cannons to disperse demonstrators during a protest against internet censorship in Istanbul February 8, 2014. (Reuters / Osman Orsal)

Riot police use water cannons to disperse demonstrators during a protest against internet censorship in Istanbul February 8, 2014. (Reuters / Osman Orsal)

Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds of protesters rallying against “draconian” internet laws approved by parliament.

Police approached the crowd along Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue and fired water cannons from behind armored vehicles as protesters tried to march to the city’s main square.

"Everywhere is bribery, everywhere is corruption," protesters chanted.

As riot police fired water cannons at protesters, some of them responded by throwing stones or setting off fireworks aimed at law enforcement officers.

The new bill was passed late Wednesday by the parliament dominated by the Erdogan’s AKP party.

If the president approves the legislation, it would give authorities the power to block web pages without a court order within just hours.

It would also require internet service providers (ISPs) to store data on their clients’ online activities for two years and provide it to the authorities on request.

However, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected any possibility that the regulations would allow authorities to have access to internet users' personal information.

"Never. It is out of the question that people's private data will be recorded," he said in Istanbul on Saturday.

The opposition says the move is part of a government bid to stifle a corruption scandal and accuses the government of limiting Internet freedoms.

Erdogan denies accusations of censorship, saying the legislation would make the internet "more safe and free.”

"These regulations do not impose any censorship at all on the Internet ... On the contrary, they make it safer and freer," he said.

Prepared by the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, the bill provoked mass rallies in mid-January, shortly after it was announced. The protest was dispersed by riot police who used water cannons and tear gas against hundreds of opponents of the bill.

The bill amends Law No. 5651, widely known as Turkey’s Internet Law that came into effect in July 2007.

Riot police use water cannons to disperse demonstrators during a protest against internet censorship in Istanbul February 8, 2014. (Reuters / Osman Orsal)

Riot police use water cannons to disperse demonstrators during a protest against internet censorship in Istanbul February 8, 2014. (Reuters / Osman Orsal)

Comments (13)

 

pako pak 20.02.2014 09:14

Israel humiliated the Turkish Israeli killed Turks and Obama wants it to end without Israel pay compensation and that Israel continues to control the Palestinian people ? Israel is the one that can not solely Turkey , and in general , what Turkey needs Israel ? For all of Turkey's once again full of Israeli spies ? All rebellion that country it just because of Israel and Israel is paying people to revolt through America , of course , and certainly the protests and everything that happens in Turkey comes from Israel, Erdogan should maintain the dignity and honor of the Turkish people

 

Konrad3 09.02.2014 03:08

Lilly OfTheValley 08.02.2014 18:02

Why wouldn't those people engage in serious conversations with the legitimate government of Turkey? Is someone pulling the strings from abroad? Who wants to ruin the country?

  

Well actually, people are clearly all rising in anger against their government, because it is ever becoming more apparent that governments of the world aim to suppress the good people of the world.
The people stand up to fight, while certain foreign "intruders" ; only bully some of them. They claim to be legitimate, but they show no "equal interest" in similar coinciding protests.

 

Konrad3 09.02.2014 03:00

Dot 08.02.2014 23:28

If the US empire can disregard it's own emasculated people, why then should third world tribes like Turkey listen to theirs?

  


Racist much?

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