More than 10,000 protesters, chanting slogans against sending Turkish soldiers to Lebanon, gathered Tuesday in Ankara as Turkey's parliament was set to vote on a government-backed proposal to send peacekeeping troops to the Middle East, AP reports.
Hundreds of riot police were deployed to stop the protesters from marching toward the parliament building.
A handful protesters climbed on top of a police armored personnel carrier and briefly waved a Lebanese flag, before the crowd staged a sit-in. Police used loudspeakers to urge the crowd to disperse.
Earlier Tuesday, a group of about 50 women from a village near the western city of Manisa yelled anti-government slogans and accused the leadership of sacrificing their children for a cause that has little popular support in Turkey.
About a kilometer (half mile) away, police detained a group of seven youths, some dressed in school uniforms, who attempted to block traffic at a busy intersection in protest of the government's plans.
"We won't become America's soldiers," the group shouted before being taken away.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia