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Female Turkish legislators come to blows after a lawmaker protests against constitutional reforms that would expand President Rejep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.
Aylin Nazliaka had handcuffed herself to a microphone at the podium, refusing to end her protest even after the parliament twice went into recess. A brawl broke out after one lawmaker proceeded to unscrew the microphone Nazliaka had attached herself to. Two female lawmakers have been hospitalized due to injuries. President Erdogan has said the constitutional reforms would enable Turkey to deal with the increasing threats it is faced with. The opponents accuse Erdogan of authoritarian tendencies and believe that the reforms would give unchecked powers to the presidential office. The parliament is expected to make a final decision about the proposed reforms on Friday or Saturday.