Brawl in Turkey parliament shows tempers rising over perceived Erdogan moves to quash dissent

February 18, 2015 2:00 PM

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ANKARA, Turkey – Chairs flew and lawmakers traded punches. A brawl in Parliament over a new security bill has forced the spotlight on mounting suspicions that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's real goal is to hand himself more tools to crush dissent.

Five lawmakers were injured early Wednesday in the fight that broke out as opposition leaders tried to delay a debate on the legislation.

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