- Title: Turkish police disperse protesters against stronger presidency
- Date: 9th January 2017
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY (JANUARY 9, 2017) (REUTERS) RIOT POLICE WALKING ON ROAD TO PREVENT PROTESTERS MARCHING TO PARLIAMENT MAN HELPING A WOMAN PROTESTER ON THE GROUND / POLICEMAN ASKING THEM TO EVACUATE THE AREA PROTESTERS GATHERED NEARBY THE PARLIAMENT POLICE PUSHING AGAINST PROTESTERS MOVING THEM DOWN THE ROAD VARIOUS OF RIOT POLICE PUSHING BACK PROTESTERS AND HOLDING UP CANISTERS TOWARDS PROTESTERS RIOT POLICE WITH SHIELDS WALKING BEHIND PROTESTERS/ PROTESTERS WALKING/ WOMEN ATTENDING TO ANOTHER PROTESTER VARIOUS OF POLICE DISPERSING PROTESTERS
- Embargoed: 24th January 2017 12:04
- Keywords: Ankara Turkey protest. presidency constitution Erdogan CHP demonstration tear gas
- Location: ANKARA, TURKEY
- City: ANKARA, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0015YD07RB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkish police dispersed hundreds of people outside parliament on Monday (January 9) protesting against planned changes to the constitution that would expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan.
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) as well as several non-governmental organisations and lawyers' associations were among those who had called for the protest in the capital Ankara.
Many of the protesters were forced back by police along a main road away from the gates to the parliament compound, a Reuters witness said.
Parliament is due later on Monday to begin debating the planned constitutional overhaul, which would introduce an executive presidential system. The draft is expected to pass in parliament, which is dominated by the ruling AK Party, before being put to a referendum in the spring.
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