Published on Jan 18, 2014
Anti-government protesters and police clashed in Istanbul on Saturday during demonstrations against the government’s new internet policy.
Protesters converged on Taksim Square, chanting “Government resign” and “All united against fascism”, with some reportedly launching fireworks and stones at police. In response, Turkish riot police deployed water canon, tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse protesters. Clashes broke up soon afterwards.
The internet bill would allow officials to keep records of web users’ activities and block keywords seen as ‘problematic’. Despite growing concerns about censorship, the bill was approved by a parliamentary committee on Thursday.
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