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Police raid Zaman’s offices

5 March 2016

Turkish police forced entry into the offices of Zaman on Friday. Using tear gas and water cannon to quell a crowd of Zaman supporters, police broke down a gate and rushed into the building.

Film footage shows them scuffling with Zaman staff inside.

An Istanbul court ordered the newspaper’s management to be replaced by trustees after the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office claimed that the Cihan media group acted upon orders from what it called the “Fethullahist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PDY),” praising the group and helping it achieve its goals in its publications.

Police in riot gear pushed back Zaman supporters who stood in the rain outside its Istanbul office where they waved Turkish flags and carried placards reading “Hands off my newspaper” before they were overcome by clouds of tear gas.

Officers then forcibly broke down a gate and rushed into the building. Zaman staff were then told to leave.

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