Dozens of Turkish-Dutch report threats in wake of failed coup

Ard van der Steur (Photo: Commons)Ard van der Steur (Photo: Commons)

Several dozen people reported being threatened or intimidated as a result of rising tensions in the Turkish-Dutch community, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said on Thursday. According to him, all these reports are linked to unrest between different groups within the Turkish community in the Netherlands, ANP reports.

Last week the government called on the Turkish-Dutch community to report any threats made against them. Tensions are running high in the wake of a failed coup in Turkey two weeks ago, particularly between supporters of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and those of his rival Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan blames the Gulen-movement for the attempted coup.

Van der Steur could not say exactly how many reports were received, but did say that all of them are being carefully investigated. He added that the government is very concerned about the intimidation and threats and is maintaining contact with various Turkish organization to ensure that the unrest does not get out of hand.

The government calls on the Turkish-Dutch society to "keep a cool head, especially keep your hands to yourself and do everything within the framework of the Dutch constitutional state."