Amsterdam, Dutch gov't investigating Turkish government's clout in Netherlands

Turkish flag (Photo: Bahar/Wikimedia Commons). (Turkish flag (Photo: Bahar/Wikimedia Commons))

The municipality of Amsterdam is going to work with the national government to better investigate how the Turkish government is trying to influence Dutch-Turks in the city, was decided during a municipal debate on Monday, the Volkskrant reports. 

The debate was about the exodus of students from primary schools Witte Tulp and Cosmicus Impuls. According to the so-called Gulen lists, both these schools have ties to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen - seen as the main rival of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and also the person the Turkish government is blaming for an attempted coup in the country in July.

All in all about 200 kids were de-registered from the two schools.