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Turkish Police Use Water Cannon And Tear Gas On Internet Control Protesters

They are demonstrating against a bill would give the courts the power to rule on removing material from the Internet.

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He continues: "After only a few more minutes of walking we heard some yelling and saw people running. All of a sudden we were coughing and our eyes watered, so we took off in the other direction."

A block or two further on, he came across this scene.

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He says: "A giant gun-looking device (apparently a water canon) rose out of the top of the police vehicle and everyone started running like crazy."

There were also flames in a side-street.

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He then retreated to the upper level of a restaurant where he saw protesters fleeing.

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They were being forced back by riot police and tear gas.

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More images have been posted on social media.

Protests against the internet censorship laws in İstanbul #istanbul #18January

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Protests against the internet censorship laws in Ä°stanbul #istanbul #18January

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RT @Mert__Cakir: Nevizade'ye biber gazı attı ibneler

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RT @Mert__Cakir: Nevizade'ye biber gazı attı ibneler

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Under the law:

- Web hosts would be obliged to store all information detailing users' online activities for up to two years.

- They would have to provide this information to officials in Ankara upon request.

- Officials could order access providers to block online content deemed illegal or to be "violating privacy" of a person, without a court decision.

Turkish courts have previously blocked access to websites, including YouTube and, more recently, Vimeo.

Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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