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Istanbul police fire tear gas on protest over Internet curbs

Published on Feb 23, 2014 1:58 AM

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish riot police in Istanbul fired tear gas and water cannon on Saturday at thousands of people protesting new legislation tightening control of the Internet.

Police took action to push protesters away from the city's Taksim Square, a focal rally point.

Protesters responded by hurling fireworks at police, who detained dozens of people, according to media reports.

The controversial law came into effect last Wednesday after it was signed into effect by the Turkish President Abdullah Gul despite repeated calls for veto.

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