A meeting of a top committee at the Turkish parliament broke up in chaos on Thursday as deputies threw punches and jumped onto tables in a furious confrontation between ruling party and pro-Kurdish lawmakers.

The constitutional committee of parliament was meeting to discuss a government-backed plan to remove the parliamentary immunity of deputies that has already seen tensions surge.

The proposal will apply to all parties but opponents see it as a ploy by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to destroy the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) by prosecuting its lawmakers over alleged support for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Tensions had already boiled over into fisticuffs in parliament on Wednesday but the scenes in the cramped committee room Thursday were even worse as the sides engaged in a full-scale brawl.

Deputies threw punches at each other as dozens of MPs pressed themselves into a corner of the room, while others jumped onto the table to get a better crack at their adversaries, pictures broadcast by NTV television showed.

Others tried to stay out of the fight, preferring instead to record the event for posterity on their mobile phones.

The discussions on the key issue have now been postponed until Monday after no progress could be made because of the fighting, NTV said.

Turkey’s lawmakers are notorious for their fistfights but the daily Hurriyet commented on its website of Wednesday’s clash that “never has such a fight been seen in parliament before”.

 

AFP

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HISTROIKA
HISTROIKA
2016-04-28 16:53

Turkey & Ukraine will destroy the EU completely, maybe it’s a good thing they join!

Proud to be Syrian
Proud to be Syrian
2016-04-28 16:43

thugs at third finest, just cuz they won’t remove parliamentary immunity , pro-erdogan bitches attack pro-Kurdish lawmakers

Decimus
Decimus
2016-04-28 16:43

and these idiots are going to join the EU…

M. Galbraith
M. Galbraith
2016-04-28 17:35

. yet another similarity with Ukraine 🙂

Litle Spark
Litle Spark
2016-04-28 18:02

@marcelsardo Ukraina 2.0

Maan Al-Radhi
Maan Al-Radhi
2016-04-28 19:15

Look at this, that is there Turkish democracy : hand fighting democracy inside their parliament

ParlamentníListy.cz
ParlamentníListy.cz
2016-04-29 06:29

@Syriasonline Perfect european partner