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Religious push sparks secularism row in Turkey

Demonstrators fall onto the ground as Turkish police disperse a protest of pro-secular Turks outside the parliament in Ankara on April 26, 2016Turkish police on Tuesday fired tear gas to break up protests over a call for the country to adopt a religious constitution that has sparked concerns of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state. Officers in riot gear clashed with a crowd of more than 100 demonstrators outside parliament in Ankara, and fired rubber bullets to dispel some 300 protesters in Istanbul’s hip Kadikoy neighbourhood, an AFP photographer said. This boy is fighting for a secular regime,” opposition MP Mahmut Tanal told officers, as he helped a dazed demonstrator stand after the police push in Ankara.

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