Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:23:02
New protests as Turkey president signs judiciary curbs
ISTANBUL, Feb 26 (APP/AFP): Thousands of protesters took
to the streets Wednesday in Turkey as the president signed a controversial bill tightening controls on the judiciary, deepening opposition resentment toward a government already grappling with a corruption scandal.
Police used tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital Ankara,
while in Istanbul demonstrators gathered on central Taksim Square, the scene of protests that have dogged the Islamic-rooted government on and off for months.
The latest protests were organised by the main opposition Republican
People's Party (CHP) after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was allegedly
recorded discussing how to hide large sums of money -- a leak the embattled PM condemned as a "vile" montage and "completely untrue".
The recordings, in which Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss hiding 30 million euros ($41 million), were posted on YouTube late Monday.
Protests swept six Turkish cities including Istanbul and Ankara the
following day, at times turning violent.
Anti-government outrage continued Wednesday, as protesters chanted
"Thieves!" and "Government resign!"