CNN reporter assaulted by Turkish Police in Istanbul

As tensions rise hours before the planned protests at Istanbul’s Taksim Square, police intervened in a live shooting by CNN International, questioning the broadcaster’s correspondent.

CNN reporter assaulted by Turkish Police in Istanbul

As tensions rise hours before the planned protests at Istanbul’s Taksim Square, police intervened in a live shooting by CNN International, questioning the broadcaster’s correspondent.

CNN Reporter:

Turkish police detained me and my crew in the middle of a live report in Taksim Square. CNN journalist Ivan Watson on his Twitter account, also sharing photos of the moment.

Watson was released soon.

The Turkish police released CNN team after half an hour. Officer apologized for another officer who kneed me while I was being detained.

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Turkish police officer wasn’t satisfied with my press card from the prime ministry. Many such cards are counterfeited.

Daily Cumhuriyet reported that a police officer ordered his inferiors to detain the crew if they fail to show their passports.

Taksim Solidarity, one of the initiators of last year’s Gezi protests, had called on people to gather in Taksim at 7 p.m. to remember the victims of police violence last year.

Prime Minister Erdoğan said earlier today that the police would not let any protests in Taksim today.

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