Violent Clash in Istanbul at Newspaper Offices
Turkish police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at** hundreds of protesters trying to resist a takeover of the country’s biggest newspaper**, seized by authorities in a crackdown on opposition media linked to a religious group whose leader lives in exile in the United States.
Police confronted around 500 protesters Saturday outside the Istanbul offices of Zaman, Turkey’s largest-circulation daily.
Demonstrators chanted “free media cannot be silenced” as police closed in, spraying tear gas and firing rubber bullets at the demonstrators, many of whom were women.
I’ve seen pictures of bloodied protesters and at the above webpage is a picture of a water cannon being used. This is all curious and just a government seizing a newspaper I know is alarming to most of us. Picture the US government seizing control of the NY Times for example.