Saturday, 22 February 2020

Protesters Rally Against Turkey's New Internet Laws  

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  • Protesters run as riot police fire teargas during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul (11/6). Turkish riot police fired volleys of teargas canisters into Istanbul's Taksim Square, driving thousands into narrow side streets. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

    Protesters run as riot police fire teargas during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul (11/6). Turkish riot police fired volleys of teargas canisters into Istanbul's Taksim Square, driving thousands into narrow side streets. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Hundreds of Turkish citizens protested in Taksim Square, Istanbul, to protest on the new legislation which limits internet usage.

    The protesters hurled fireworks and stones at police officers who had cordoned off the public square. They also smashed windows and sprayed graffiti on buildings. Many also denounced a corruption scandal involving former cabinet ministers and called on the government to resign.

    Turkish riot police have used tear-gas grenades and water cannon to disperse the protestors.

    The Turkish President, Abdullah Gul, is under pressure by many parties not to ratify the legislation, passed on Wednesday by parliament. The legislation would allow which would allow authorities to block websites for privacy violation without a court decision.

    Internet providers would also be forced to keep users' data and make it available to authorities.

    AL JAZEERA | NATALIA SANTI