Lawmakers from Turkey's ruling AK Party and the pro-Kurdish DEM Party brawled in the country’s parliament on Tuesday over the detention and replacement of a DEM Party mayor in southeast Turkey, Reuters reported.

A day before the brawl, police detained Mehmet Siddik Akis, mayor of the southeastern Hakkari province bordering Iran and Iraq, just two months after he won power in local elections. Turkey's Interior Ministry said Akis played a high-level role within the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militia, while replacing him with the state governor.

After the 2019 municipal elections, Turkey detained virtually all pro-Kurdish mayors over alleged PKK ties and replaced them with state officials. DEM has previously denied any association with the PKK.

Tensions flared in parliament when DEM lawmakers held signs and chanted slogans, occupying the speaking podium in the general assembly in protest of Akis' detention and replacement.

Footage showed the lawmakers arguing loudly and shoving each other. A punch led to one scuffle that caused some lawmakers to fall over, with others held back from joining in the fight.

It was not immediately clear who threw the punch. The general assembly closed for the day after the incident.

Brawls in the Turkish parliament are not uncommon. In 2017, a brawl erupted in the building as lawmakers debated constitutional amendments that would expand presidential powers.

In December of 2021, a brawl broke out at the Turkish parliament as lawmakers debated budgets and policy.

The fisticuffs broke out during an intense budget debate between Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and an opposition lawmaker, and escalated into a fight in which dozens of members were involved, pushing and pulling at each other in the chamber.

In a different kind of incident in October of 2022, a Turkish Member of Parliament smashed his mobile phone with a hammer while speaking in parliament.

The lawmaker, Burak Erbay, was protesting against a proposed government-backed bill which aimed to combat online "disinformation".