A group of lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People Party (CHP) brought pepper spray and tear gas into a parliamentary commission session on Thursday to the surprise of other deputies, but when they actually used the pepper spray, a brawl broke out.
A number of CHP deputies brought pepper spray into a session of the Plan and Budget Commission, where the annual budget of the Interior Ministry is to be discussed, and said they are protesting the extensive use of tear gas by the police at demonstrations.
CHP İstanbul deputy Süleyman Çelebi and CHP İzmir deputy Musa Çam opened banners reading “Pepper spray: Official drink of teachers, workers, students, public servants. Consume with lemonade.”
They then waited for Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin. However, when the minister did not show up, the CHP deputies began using the pepper spray in protest.
Deputies from other parties reacted to this protest as many of them were affected by the pepper spray.
The windows of the room in Parliament were opened to disperse the gas. A deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) said he was allergic to pepper spray and urged the CHP deputies not to use it.
CHP İstanbul deputy Ferit Mevlüt Arslanoğlu refused to comply and used the pepper spray again.
Following this, a brawl broke out. Those present immediately intervened to stop the quarrel between the AK Party deputy and Arslanoğlu.