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Clashes in Istanbul after protests over new 'authoritarian' laws

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Clashes in Istanbul after protests over new 'authoritarian' laws

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Turkish police have fired tear gas to disperse crowds of demonstraters in Istanbul who were protesting against what they believe are authoritarian new laws introduced by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

The new legislation pushed through by the ruling AK party tightens controls over the internet and courts this month and also proposed broad powers for the country’s national intelligence agency.

Critics have said the new laws are being introduced as a backlash against a corruption inquiry shaking the government.