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Turkish legislators take up bill to prosecute colleagues

  • Turkish lawmakers argue and push each other on the assembly floor in Ankara, Turkey, late Wednesday, April 27, 2016.  Turkish lawmakers on Thursday argued and pushed each other as they debated a contentious ruling-party proposals.(AP Photo)

    Turkish lawmakers argue and push each other on the assembly floor in Ankara, Turkey, late Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Turkish lawmakers on Thursday argued and pushed each other as they debated a contentious ruling-party proposals.(AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish lawmakers argue and push each other on the assembly floor in Ankara, Turkey, late Wednesday, April 27, 2016.  Turkish lawmakers on Thursday argued and pushed each other as they debated a contentious ruling-party proposals.(AP Photo)

    Turkish lawmakers argue and push each other on the assembly floor in Ankara, Turkey, late Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Turkish lawmakers on Thursday argued and pushed each other as they debated a contentious ruling-party proposals.(AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish lawmakers argue and push each other on the assembly floor in Ankara, Turkey, late Wednesday, April 27, 2016.  Turkish lawmakers on Thursday argued and pushed each other as they debated contentious ruling-party proposals.(AP Photo)

    Turkish lawmakers argue and push each other on the assembly floor in Ankara, Turkey, late Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Turkish lawmakers on Thursday argued and pushed each other as they debated contentious ruling-party proposals.(AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

A committee of Turkey's Parliament has kicked off debate on a contentious ruling-party proposal to strip legislators of their immunity from prosecution — a move that could pave the way for the trial of pro-Kurdish legislators on terror charges.

The committee met Thursday for initial discussions on the proposed constitutional amendment, which the ruling party prepared after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party of being an arm of the outlawed Kurdish rebels and pushed for the prosecution of party leaders.

The move comes amid a surge of violence in Turkey's southeast after a fragile peace process with the rebels collapsed.

On Wednesday, a brawl erupted inside Parliament after a ruling-party legislator walked toward a pro-Kurdish party deputy, calling him "terrorist, terrorist!"