Turkish politicians fight again over bid to strip immunity
Published 02/05/2016 | 16:56
A committee of the Turkish parliament has once again erupted in chaos over a contentious ruling party proposal to strip legislators of their immunity from prosecution.
Politicians hurled bottled water at each other across the committee room while others engaged in a fist-fight, forcing the committee head to halt proceedings.
The committee is discussing a proposed constitutional amendment that could pave the way for the trial of several pro-Kurdish legislators on terror-related charges.
The proposal was prepared after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the party of being an arm of the outlawed Kurdish rebels.
The move comes amid a surge of violence in Turkey's south-east after a fragile peace process with the rebels collapsed.
A fist-fight also broke out during Thursday's committee meeting and five legislators later sought medical help.