March 4, 2016 / 10:26 PM / 3 years ago

Turkish police fire tear gas, enter Zaman newspaper after seizure order

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police fired tear gas and used water cannon on a crowd to forcibly enter the country’s top-selling newspaper on Friday after a court ordered its confiscation, live web footage showed.

Employees of Zaman newspaper gather at the courtyard of the newspaper during a protest in Istanbul, Turkey March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Kursat Bayhan/Zaman Daily

Several hundred supporters had gathered outside Zaman newspaper to protest the ruling which state media said was issued following a request by a prosecutor investigating U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Gulen, once a close ally of President Tayyip Erdogan, now stands accused of plotting to topple the government after a corruption scandal was leaked in 2013 by police suspected of belonging to his religious movement.

Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Dominic Evans

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