Police in Istanbul break up protest against new Internet restrictions

A woman and man resist pressurized water used by riot police to dislodge them, as they stage a sit-in protest in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

Riot police in Istanbul have used water cannons against hundreds of people protesting a government plan to expand controls over the public’s use of Internet.

Police did that Saturday to prevent a protest march down a main street to denounce the draft bill that would allow Turkey’s telecommunications authority to block websites accused of privacy violations without a court decision.

Critics say that would expand the government’s already tight grip on the Internet. The government rejects accusations of censorship, saying the move aims to protect privacy.

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