Roughly five hundred protesters were hit with tear gas and water cannons by Turkish riot police demonstrating against a state seize of the country’s largest newspaper.
Turkish police raided Zaman’s offices hours after a court ruling placed it under state control.
Before the raid writers, editors, and managers of Zaman were able to release one last publication calling the state of press freedom in Turkey, “one of the darkest days in its history”.
It is believed by many reporters that the government is attempting to completely wipe out the newspaper’s entire online archive. Reporters trying to access files said they have lost the ability to connect to the internal servers and were not able to file articles nor were they able to check email.