Anti-Erdogan newspaper defiant after dramatic seizure

Turkish anti riot police officers launch water cannon and tear gas to disperse supporters of the Zaman daily newspaper, demonstrating outside the publication's Istanbul headquarters on March 4, 2016Turkey’s top-selling Zaman newspaper published a defiant edition Saturday warning of the “darkest days” in the history of the press after authorities seized control of its headquarters in a dramatic late-night raid by riot police. The swoop against the paper, staunchly opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, caused immediate concern in Washington and Brussels over declining media freedoms in Turkey, a key EU ally. Police fired tear gas and water cannon just before midnight Friday at a hundreds-strong crowd that had formed outside the headquarters of the Zaman daily in Istanbul following a court order issued earlier in the day, an AFP photographer said.

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