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Turkish politicians fight again over bid to strip immunity

Fist-fights have taken place in the Turkish parliament for the second time in a number of days
Fist-fights have taken place in the Turkish parliament for the second time in a number of days

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.

Press Association

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