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Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu submitted a bill to the Parliament Speaker's Office on Monday seeking the prohibition of producing or using pepper spray and tear gas in the country.
In his proposal, Tanrıkulu strongly criticized police units for using pepper spray during tense demonstrations and in incidents where a crowd needs to be dispersed. Tanrıkulu claimed that police use disproportionate force against people in illegal demonstrations. According to the deputy's bill, the production of “all sorts of gases and sprays” that cause harm to humans needs to be banned.
Tanrıkulu also criticized police using pepper spray against crowds in sports activities, alluding to the Gaziantepspor-Galatasaray game on Sunday, during which a large portion of fans fled to the pitch to save themselves from the effects of pepper spray used by police to quell a brawl between fans.Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2013, 10:22