Being quite honest, it would be satisfying to see this kind of thing happen on the floor of the U.S. House and Senate from time to time, if only to vent pent up frustrations and settle matters the old-fashioned way.
At issue was a proposed change to the law granting members of Parliament special legal immunity for the duration of their term in office.
The heated debate quickly turned into a sprawling battle with punches and kicks going every which way, water bottles being thrown, even people jumping on tables to launch themselves into the scrum.
Opponents of the proposed change, generally members of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, believe that it will open the door for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party to conduct sham prosecutions against sitting members accused of supporting the outlawed Kurdish group known as the Kurdistan Worker’s Party.
As the law stood previously, MPs were immune from legal prosecutions while serving their term, though police could open a file on them and pursue a prosecution once they had left office.
Another angle of the attack by AKP MPs on HDP MPs today in Turkey’s parliament. pic.twitter.com/BIILZpu6PC
— Dr Partizan (@DrPartizan_) May 2, 2016
There were reports of injuries, though no details on the severity of any of them. Most injuries probably amounted to little more than scrapes and bumps and bruised egos, aside from the grievous wound inflicted on the nation’s tenuous grasp on democracy.
The change to the law was ultimately passed, so it now remains to be seen if Erdogan will exploit that change to further crush his long-oppressed Kurdish opposition in the country.