Two CBC reporters detained in Turkey, Baird expresses concern

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OTTAWA - The CBC says two of its reporters covering anti-government protests in Turkey have been detained.

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson says the broadcaster has been in contact with Sasa Petricic and Derek Stoffel, who have both been detained in Istanbul.

He says they are in "good condition."

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has called the Turkish ambassador to express his concerns.

A tweet sent from Petricic's account just before noon on Wednesday said "Arrested."

Turkey has experienced nearly two weeks of protests that began in Istanbul after a violent police crackdown on a peaceful sit-in by activists objecting to a development project.

The protests have since spread to dozens of other cities and are shaping up as the biggest test yet in the 10-year rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic-rooted government.

Activists say 5,000 people have been injured or seriously affected by the tear gas and four people have died in the protests.

Organizations: CBC

Geographic location: Turkey, Istanbul, OTTAWA

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