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Turkish police have used gas, rubber bullets and water against protestors outside the of a national newspaper in Istanbul. The demonstrators were protesting against the of a private newspaper by the Turkish government. Turkish authorities seized of the company that owns Turkey's best-selling newspaper Zaman. The paper was a supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but then became one of his critics. Authorities say Zaman has to the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the government says plotted a to oust President Erdogan. Commentators say it is another for freedom in Turkey.

The takeover of Zaman by the Turkish government has sparked in Europe about Turkey's to join the European Union. European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said the developments jeopardised recent progress made by Turkey. The chairman of Germany's foreign committee said, "the violent action against a newspaper" and "the that the government takes over the whole paper is a severe blow…against the freedom of ". The -in-chief of Zaman's English newspaper lamented: "Our [final] headline is about us again, and that should give an about the kind of democracy in the country. There's no rule of left in Turkey."

 
 

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