Insulting European Values…Turkey ask for its nationals living in the Netherlands to spy on Dutch people who choose to exercise their human rights to insult Erdogan

Posted: 23 April, 2016 in EU
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Netherlands Dutch MPs have called for a parliamentary debate about a letter that was sent out by Turkey’s consulate in Rotterdam calling Turkish organizations in the Netherlands to report people who insult the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The Dutch Party, SP, demanded a debate on the matter. MP Sade Karabulut described the email as Erdogan’s long arm in the Netherlands and accused the Turkish government of trying to intervene at Netherland’s domestic affairs. A parliamentary majority supported the MP’s call for a debate, though it hasn’t been scheduled yet.

The move was not well received by many in Turkey too. The Dutch offices of Turkish opposition party CHP received numerous calls from concerned Dutch citizens with Turkish origins. CHP chairman Axu Ozalp said to the Volkskrant newspaper:

People are afraid because they once responded to something critical on Facebook or Twitter for example. They worry about whether they can still go on holiday to Turkey with peace of mind or will they be stopped at the border. This is very worrying and we therefore also emphatically disapprove of this call.
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