Riot policemen detain a demonstrator during the protest
against internet censorship in Istanbul. REUTERS/Stringer
Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters
in Istanbul's central Taksim Square demonstrating mainly
against a government bill that would increase controls over the
A Reuters reporter saw protesters escaping into side streets
after police used water cannon and tear gas. Shops rolled
down their shutters.
Smaller demonstrations also took place in the coastal city of
Izmir and in the capital Ankara, where about 300 protesters
chanted slogans opposing the government and the internet
The bill would give the courts the power to rule on removing
material from the internet that "violates individual rights",
an article that opponents say is murky and could lead to the
arbitrary closure of websites.
It also says that people will be able to apply to the state
Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) as well as the courts to
block material that "violates the secrecy of private life".