The Netherlands granted asylum to the first Turks who applied for protection after an attempted coup in Turkey last year. At least eight alleged Gulen-supporters who face persecution in Turkey now have asylum in the Netherlands, Wil Eikelboom of the association of asylum lawyers VAjN said to ANP.
Ali Kaynak was shot and killed on Burgemeester De Vlugtlaan in Amsterdam Nieuw-West on Monday night, the police confirmed to Het Parool. The 48-year-old Dutch-Turkish man was the owner of fast food chain Halaal Fried Chicken. He was gunned down in front of his own restaurant. Sources told the newspaper that an argument about Turkish politics may be behind the shooting.
At least ten, but maybe as many as 100, Turkish-Dutch are currently stuck in Turkey. They are not allowed to leave the country because they are critical about the Erdogan government, NOS reports based on its own sources. The Turkish government is furious about these reports. There are Dutch-Turks who are not allowed to leave the country, but that is because they have ties to the "terrorist" Gulen movement, the Turkish embassy said to the broadcaster.
The attempted coup in Turkey last year led to a significant increase of discrimination based on political affiliation reports in the Netherlands, according to the Dutch national association against discrimination LVD. Last year the association received 151 reports of discrimination based on political affiliation, compared to only 14 such reports in 2015. Most of these reports came from Turkish-Dutch, NOS reports.
Dutch-Turkish media groups that support Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan were supported for years with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Het Parool reports based on its own research. The Stimulation Fund for Journalism paid these media groups hundreds of thousands of euros in subsidies. Most of this money could not be recovered because the companies behind the media groups went bankrupt.
According to the Fund, the majority of the companies went bankrupt because they "devoted little attention to the business side of their business."
Dutch-Turks who oppose Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan are worried about reprisals in the Netherlands. This is because Turkish media sources are portraying them as complicit in the diplomatic fallout between Turkey and the Netherlands over the weekend, Trouw reports.
The Turkish consulate in Rotterdam confiscated the Turkish passports of a number of Dutch-Turkish people believed to be affiliated with the Gulen movement, Trouw reported on Friday. The people involved were told that they are now classified as a fugitive and were given a one-day passport to fly to Turkey and prove their innocence in front of a judge, according to the newspaper.
Four people made contact with asylum lawyers after the consulate took their passports. But the lawyers believe that much larger numbers are involved.
Turkey recalled the leader of Turkish-Dutch mosque dome Diyanet from the Netherlands, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday. Yusuf Acar is accused of keeping a list of Gulen supporters in the Netherlands and passing it on to the Turkish government.
The so called Gulen-movement "certainly" played a role in a failed coup in Turkey earlier this year, Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said in an interview with Knack on Tuesday, AD reports.
The Turkish government sees cleric Fethullah Gulen as the mastermind behind the attempted coup in July, but so far has little evidence to prove it. Gulen currently lives in the United States.
The Turkish government hired lawyers to investigate supporters of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in the Netherlands. The lawyers claim they will be able to prove before the end of the year that the so-called Gulen-movement is a "mafia-like" organization in the Netherlands, the Telegraaf reports based on an interview with one of the lawyers.
Former Dutch European Parliamentarian Joost Langendijk (GroenLinks) was arrested upon landing at Istanbul airport on Sunday and is currently on a flight back to Amsterdam. The Turkish authorities refused to allow him into his hometown of Istanbul, the Volkskrant reports after a telephone conversation with Langendijk.
The court in Haarlem ordered four parents of former students of De Roos primary school to stop calling the school a terrorist organization. Should they fail to do so, they will be fined 1 thousand euros per violation, up to a maximum of 10 thousand euros
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
A total 588 children were removed from nine schools in the Netherlands believed to have ties to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, according to a study by Dutch newspaper Trouw. That is about a fifth of the schools' total student count.
Primary school De Witte Tulp is demanding 45 thousand euros in compensation from six parents who the school accuse of running a "smear campaign" against it. The parents are telling others that De Witte Tulp is a so-called Gulen school - a school that sympathizes with Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen - and that is costing the school pupils and money, AD reports
Seven teachers at De Roos school in Zaandam submitted a letter of resignation to the school's management. De Roos is on a so-called Gulen list - a list of organizations and individuals said to be affiliated with Fethullah Gulen, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rival.
Lists are circulating in Amsterdam containing the names of Turkish students in Amsterdam schools, with details on who supports Fethullah Gulen and Who Supports Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, D66 faction leader Jan Paternotte revealediin an Amsterdam city council debate on Thursday, Het Parool reports. According to Paternotte, the list was also shared with the Turkish government. "Unacceptable behavior and interference", the faction leader said.
A foundation for Islamic education in Zaanstad SIOZ is suing four parents over negative statements and comments made about De Roos, a school believed to be affiliated with Fethullah Gulen. The foundation wants the parents to stop making Gulen-related comments about the school immediately and that all previous statements be rectified, according to Haarlem court details
Only days after Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Minister Bert Koenders' frantic diplomatic efforts to limit Turkish interference in Dutch society, the Turkish state news agency published a new so-called "Gulen list" on Tuesday. The list contains names of organizations in the Netherlands allegedly affiliated with Fethullah Gulen, which are to be boycotted because they are considered enemies of the Turkish State. Politicians in the Netherlands are furious.
Over a hundred kids were removed from Amsterdam schools linked to Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen - rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the person behind a recent attempted coup in the country, according to the Turkish government. The development has both the Amsterdam municipality and the boards of the affected schools on edge
The police and judiciary in Rotterdam are currently investigating several dozen threats reported from the Turkish community in the city since a failed coup in Turkey mid-July, the police announced on Tuesday. So far no arrests were made
Five senior staff members of the Turkish Embassy in The Hague were fired recently, Dutch newspaper AD reports after talking to temporary head of the embassy Kurtulus Aykan. According to him, the orders to fire them came from the government in Ankara.
The PvdA thinks that the Dutch government is too invisible in handling tensions in the Turkish community in the Netherlands, according to a letter by PvdA parliamentarian and integration spokesperson Ahmed Marcouch. He thinks a stronger approach is needed to quell the unrest.
Parties in the Tweede Kamer - the lower house of Dutch parliament - are furious about statements the Turkish ambassador to the Netherlands made pressuring the Dutch government to help hunt down supporters of the Gulen-movement. Numerous parliamentarians expressed their annoyance to NU.nl.