The Turkish president has signed into law an act giving more power to security forces and governors. Advocates say it addresses concerns over peaceful protests that frequently turn violent, while opposition is outraged.
President Tayyip Erdogan said in February that the Legal Package To Protect Freedoms bill “will pass one way or another.” Passed by the Turkish parliament on March 27, it was signed into law on Friday.
The parliament debates over the legislation were more than heated, with some of them resulting in fistfights. The government eventually made some concessions, reducing the initial 132 articles of the draft bill to 68.