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Turkish opposition paper 'won't give in' after detentions

AP , Tuesday 1 Nov 2016
Erdem Gul, Ankara bureau chief of Cumhuriyet, left, welcomes pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas as he arrives for a visit in solidarity and to condemn the detentions of Cumhuriyet journalists, in Ankara, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (Photo AP)

An opposition newspaper in Turkey is remaining defiant a day after the detention of its chief editor and least 12 senior staff, vowing not "to give in" to pressure.

Tuesday's edition of Cumhuriyet newspaper — one of Turkey's oldest — ran the headline: "We won't give in."

Tuesday's columns of two of its detained writers were left blank.

The Istanbul prosecutor's office says the detentions followed an investigation into the left-leaning and secularist paper's alleged support to the movement led by U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen — accused by the government of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt — and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.

The paper rejects the accusations.

The detentions drew widespread international criticism, including from the United States and the European Union.

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