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Turkey dismisses EU criticism of police raids

Published:Tuesday | December 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, yesterday.
An armed police officer runs along the street close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, yesterday.
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ANKARA (AP):

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected the European Union's (EU) criticism of police raids on media organisations in Turkey, telling the bloc to "keep your opinions to yourselves".

The EU has criticised Sunday's police raids, which targeted a newspaper and a television station affiliated with the United States-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Police officers, journalists, television producers, and scriptwriters were among 27 people detained on charges of "using intimidation and threats" to try to wrest control of state power.

The EU said the raids were incompatible with media freedoms and suggested they could affect Turkey's longstanding bid to join the bloc.

In a speech in northwest Turkey yesterday, Erdogan called the arrests a domestic security issue and said he did not care if the raids affected Turkey's EU membership bid.