Turkey police raid media linked to opposition cleric Gulen

Turkey police raid media linked to opposition cleric Gulen

Turkish police have raided a newspaper and TV station close to a US-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen.

There were raids across Turkey and at least 14 people were arrested, Turkish media reported.

Mr Gulen is a rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His Hizmet movement has millions of supporters.

The latest move comes days after President Erdogan pledged a fresh campaign against Mr Gulen’s supporters.

Those detained include journalists, producers, scriptwriters and a police chief in eastern Turkey.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and Fethullah Gulen were once close allies

They have been charged with conspiracy and a plot to fabricate evidence

Police raided the offices of the Zaman newspaper in the early hours of Sunday. A crowd of protestors forced police to turn back before they could make arrests.

Staff at the paper reported on the incident as it happened.

The paper’s editor-in-chief tweeted a picture of himself at his desk, saying: “Officers [forced] back because of democratic reaction of my friends. I am at my place and wait.”

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30468199

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