Turkish police fire teargas to break up Internet protest

ISTANBUL Sat Feb 8, 2014 12:34pm EST

ISTANBUL Feb 8 (Reuters) - Police fired water cannon and teargas to disperse hundreds of people protesting in central Istanbul on Saturday against new controls on the Internet approved by parliament this week.

The new powers, once approved by the president, will let authorities block web pages within hours, in what the opposition has said is part of a government bid to stifle a corruption scandal.

(Reporting by Yesim Dikmen; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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