Police used water cannon to disperse protesters
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Fireworks and water cannon at Turkey internet protest

Turkish riot police have fired water cannon and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators marching in Istanbul in protest at new laws tightening government control of the internet.

Demonstrators threw fireworks and stones at police cordoning off Taksim Square, the city's main square.

The president is under pressure not to ratify the legislation, which includes powers allowing authorities to block websites for privacy violations without a court decision.

The BBC's James Reynolds watched as events unfolded and said that the situation was "reasonably calm" in Taksim Square following the unrest.

  • 08 Feb 2014
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