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    Police use tear-inducing agent against demonstrators during a protest against the arrest of journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul in Ankara on November 27, 2015.

    Some 1,000 Gather in Istanbul to Support Detained Turkish Journalists

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    About 1,000 people gathered in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, on Friday in support of two journalists arrested on charges of espionage and treason after their employer published weapon convoy photos, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, Cumhuriyet newspaper Editor-in-Chief Can Dundar and the daily’s Ankara representative Erdem Gul were detained after being summoned to an Istanbul courthouse to testify on the newspaper's coverage of official Turkish trucks transporting weapons to Syria.

    According to the Turkish Today's Zaman newspaper, people gathered near the office of the Cumhuriyet newspaper where the arrested journalists were employed in a show of solidarity.

    The controversial article and photos, released by Cumhuriyet in May 2015, claim that Turkish trucks carried artillery shells, machine gun rounds and mortar shells to Syrian opposition forces.

    Ankara denied the reports, insisting instead that the vehicles were delivering aid to Syrian Turkmens.


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