Istanbul, Oct 28 () - Police used water cannon and tear gas early Oct. 28 to enter Koza İpek Holding’s media group headquarters in Istanbul to implement a court order to seize control of the holding.
Live television footage showed police dispersing the crowd that gathered in front of the building to show support by using tear gas and forcefully entering the media group’s headquarters, which is home to Bugün TV and Kanaltürk television stations and Bugün and Millet newspapers.
Police officers were also seen intervening with reporters covering the incident live.
According to reports, the police blocked the entrance of the building, preventing the holding’s employees from entering.
An Ankara court decided late Oct. 26 to appoint a trustee panel to Koza İpek, upon the request of the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, on accusations of “being involved in the activities of Fethullahist Terror Organization” a term that has appeared in some recent indictments to describe the movement of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen.
- İpek Medya main building
- Residents waiting in front of the building
- Protests against police vehicles
- General and detailed footage