Thousands of members of Turkey's Bar Associations march to the parliament in Ankara, on February 16, 2015 to protest against a law that strenghtens the police's power. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN
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The Turkish parliament was Tuesday to start a much-delayed debate on a contentious security bill boosting the powers of police to crack down on protests, which activists fear will effectively create a police state under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The bill broadens police powers to carry out searches during protests and gives police the powers to detain people for up to 48 hours without the authorisation of a prosecutor.The bill has been submitted after Erdogan was shaken by protests in 2013 against his rule which were eventually broken up by tough police tactics.The draft sparked outrage among lawyers and opposition parties and around 3,000 lawyers rallied to the parliament on Monday in protest at the bill.
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