Zaman newspaper, Turkey’s largest-circulated media outlet that was seized by the government, reopened Saturday under heavy police guard and with the editor-in-chief removed from his post.
Staff posted photos on social media of armed forces inside the building and also guarding the barricaded perimeter after police raided the offices. The daily’s editor, Abdulhamit Bilici, left the building to the applause of staff.
Police used tear gas and water cannons to force their way into the newspaper’s headquarters on Friday night. Fresh rounds of tear gas were fired Saturday at supporters who were demonstrating outside the building, decrying what they see as a crackdown on freedom of the press.
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