- The Washington Times - Friday, February 20, 2015

Chairs were waved, gavels were flung, and at least five lawmakers were sent for medical treatment for injuries sustained during a recent brawl in Turkey’s Parliament.

ABC News reported that at least two legislators were struck with gavels, and two were sent to the hospital. The other three who were reportedly injured were treated at the medical office inside the building.

Punches started flying “during security bill debate,” Hurriyet Daily News tweeted.

The bill at issue gives more power to police to break up demonstrations, ABC News said.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the measure was “aimed at protecting social order and social peace,” ABC News reported.

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