Turkish police teams on Monday used tear gas, pressurized water and plastic bullets against a group of people from civil society organizations and bar associations which gathered in front of the Turkish Parliament against government plans to introduce a presidential system in Turkey.

Representatives from the civil society organizations and bar associations were preparing to make a press statement in front of the Dikmen gate of the Turkish Parliament in Ankara when police intervened to prevent them from making the press statement.

When the group members tried to approach the Parliament, the police used tear gas, pressured water and plastic bullets against them.

Some deputies from the Republican People’s Party (CHP) who came to the area to extend their support to the protestors were also affected by the police intervention.

While the police intervention in the protestors was not covered by any of the TV channels, only Halk TV broadcast the intervention live.

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government is planning to introduce a presidential system in Turkey while the country’s current system is a parliamentary one.

Critics say the switch to presidential system, under which current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be a president with more executive powers, will create a one-man’s rule in the country.

On Monday, the Parliament would begin debating a proposal seeking to the introduce executive presidency.

This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on Jan. 9.