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Internet censorship ends in pitched riots in Turkish streets

A protester holds a placard, reads everywhere blackout, everywhere filter, during a protest against Turkish government's newly proposed restrictions on the use of internet, on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul, on February 8, 2014. Turkish riot police with tear gas and water cannon dispersed more than 2,000 people demonstrating against these new Internet curbs that have sparked alarm at home and abroad.
A protester holds a placard, reads everywhere blackout, everywhere filter, during a protest against Turkish government's newly proposed restrictions on the use of internet, on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul, on February 8, 2014. Turkish riot police with tear gas and water cannon dispersed more than 2,000 people demonstrating against these new Internet curbs that have sparked alarm at home and abroad. AFP PHOTO - OZAN KOSE

TURKISH riot police are using water cannons and tear gas to quell a demonstration in Istanbul protesting new laws tightening government control of the internet.

BBC News reports 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.

Topics:  police riots


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