Turkey: Erdogan move against pro-Kurdish lawmakers sparks fistfight in parliament

Turkey: Erdogan move against pro-Kurdish lawmakers sparks fistfight in parliament
Turks gone wild. (Image: Screen grab of RT video via Breitbart, YouTube)

[Ed. – As well it might.  The whole world may not be on fire, but most of it is smoldering.]

The Turkish parliament dissolved into shoves, punches, and even a few wrestling-style dives during a debate over proposed changes to the national constitution. …

As CBS News explains, the bill that caused this fight to erupt would strip legislators of their traditional immunity to prosecution, “a move that could pave the way for the trial of pro-Kurdish legislators on terrorism-related charges.”

The bill was drafted by the ruling AKP party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and was viewed by the pro-Kurdish HDP Party as an attack on them, given that Erdogan has accused the HDP of being in league with the violent separatists of the outlawed PKK party.

Erdogan has called for the prosecution of some HDP leaders on those grounds. CBS notes the current co-leaders of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, could both face prosecution for supporting Kurdish self-rule in Turkey, after their immunity is lifted.

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