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Turkey's Erdogan dismisses EU criticism of police raids on media outlets, journalists' arrests

  • Women hold copies of Zaman newspaper with a headline that reads " the black day of democracy " as they protest against the detention of its editor-in-chief a day ago in Istanbul, outside the Palace of Justice  in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Police conducted raids in a dozen Turkish cities Sunday, detaining at least 32 people including journalists, TV producers and police  known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric who is a strong critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was the latest crackdown on cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, which the government has accused of orchestrating an alleged plot to try to bring it down.(AP Photo)

    Women hold copies of Zaman newspaper with a headline that reads " the black day of democracy " as they protest against the detention of its editor-in-chief a day ago in Istanbul, outside the Palace of Justice in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Police conducted raids in a dozen Turkish cities Sunday, detaining at least 32 people including journalists, TV producers and police known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric who is a strong critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was the latest crackdown on cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, which the government has accused of orchestrating an alleged plot to try to bring it down.(AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather outside the  Palace of Justice  in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 to protest against the latest detentions of journalists. Police conducted raids in a dozen Turkish cities Sunday, detaining at least 32 people — including journalists, TV producers and police — known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric who is a strong critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was the latest crackdown on cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, which the government has accused of orchestrating an alleged plot to try to bring it down.(AP Photo)

    People gather outside the Palace of Justice in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 to protest against the latest detentions of journalists. Police conducted raids in a dozen Turkish cities Sunday, detaining at least 32 people — including journalists, TV producers and police — known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric who is a strong critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was the latest crackdown on cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, which the government has accused of orchestrating an alleged plot to try to bring it down.(AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting with business leaders  in Ankara, Turkey. Police conducted raids in a dozen Turkish cities Sunday, detaining around 20 people -  including journalists, TV producers and police  known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric who is a strong critic of Erdogan. It was the latest crackdown on cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, which the government has accused of orchestrating an alleged plot to try to bring it down. (AP Photo)

    In this Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting with business leaders in Ankara, Turkey. Police conducted raids in a dozen Turkish cities Sunday, detaining around 20 people - including journalists, TV producers and police known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric who is a strong critic of Erdogan. It was the latest crackdown on cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, which the government has accused of orchestrating an alleged plot to try to bring it down. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

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

The EU has criticized Sunday's police raids, which targeted a newspaper and a television station affiliated with the U.S.-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 on Monday, Erdogan called the arrests a domestic security issue and said he doesn't care if the raids affect Turkey's EU membership bid.