Turkish police on Sunday launched a sweeping operation to arrest supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rival, US-exiled imam Fethullah Gulen, including a raid on the offices of the Zaman daily, which is close to the cleric.
Anti-terrorism police conducted early morning raids in 13 cities across Turkey, including Istanbul, and detained at least 14 people including a top executive, producers and directors of a television channel close to Gulen, the state-run Anatolia news agency said.
A huge crowd however gathered outside the offices of Zaman on the outskirts of Istanbul, creating a small stampede and forcing the police to leave the building without detaining any newspaper employees.
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