Friday, 6 May 2016 - 13:45
Dutch-Turkish MP demands security detail after receiving threats
Dutch-Turkish parliamentarian Tunahan Kuzu is demanding a security detail because of threats made against him on social media and other channels. The parliamentarian blames "mainstream media" and other politicians for a "smear campaign" resulting in these threats, the Telegraaf reports. Kuzu and Selcuk Ozturk together form the parliamentary faction DENK. They previously stated that they are not completely against the arrest of Turkish-Dutch journalist Ebru Umar in Turkey, who was arrested for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. VVD Parliamentarian Ockje Tellegen said in an interview with the Telegraaf that this is clear evidence of the effect of the "long arm of Ankara". The threats against Kuzu started after this. "The smear campaign from a large part of the mainstream media and fellow politicians, including VVD Ockje tellegen, creates an atmosphere in which one can no longer be himself." Kuzu said in a press release. "Once you give heed to people who feel underrepresented, you are attacked by the established order."