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.
The Dutch government decided that Turkish deputy prime minister Tugrul Türkes is not welcome in the Netherlands next week. He was planning to speak in the Orpheus congress center in Apeldoorn on Tuesday during a commemoration of the failed coup in Turkey last year, NOS reports.
Police officers in Rotterdam were threatened by supporters of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb wrote to the city council. According to him, there were "several signs of threat and intimidation" and these were mostly directed at officers with a Turkish background, RTL Nieuws reports.
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.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice for Turkey, due to current political tensions between the two countries. The Dutch government does not advise against going to Turkey, but does warn Dutch travelers to watch out for gatherings and avoid public places, ANP reports.
These warnings are on top of the already in place advice of risks in Turkey due to terrorist attacks and political tensions.
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.
At least 100 Turkish soldiers applied for asylum in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany since an attempted coup in Turkey last year, NOS and NRC reports. According to the Dutch news agencies, these are all soldiers who worked for NATO and were not in Turkey at the time of the failed military coup.
The chairman of Turkish-Dutch mosque umbrella organization Diyanet collected names of people who sympathize with Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen and passed it on to the regime of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the chairman himself admitted in an interview with the Telegraaf.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is willing to advocate within the European Union for pausing the talks with Turkey regarding their admittance to the EU, he said in parliament on Wednesday, NOS reports
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, today voted for pausing the talks. The PvdA added its vote to stepping away from the negotiation table, taking Tuesday's minority vote to a majority on Wednesday. Dutch parliament now supports pausing the talks for six months because of the worsening situation in Turkey.
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.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte faced a lot criticism from opposition parties during the second day of the Budget Debate in parliament on Thursday. Much of the angry words centered around the Prime Minister's statement regarding troublemakers among the young Turkish-Dutch community following an attempted coup in Turkey in July
The Dutch government promised to build bridges, but over the past four years gaps between groups in society is the only thing that happened, CDA leader Sybrand Buma said in an interview with newspaper AD.
Joyce Bommer and Cees van Ruiten, the two PvdA members on the city council of the Zeeland municipality Kapelle, are stepping down. They are doing so in protest against how the PvdA responded to pro-Erdogan statements made by other PvdA member Bayram Erbisim
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
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that Prime Minister Mark Rutte's statements about Turkish-Dutch in the program Zomergasten was inappropriate
The police made the first arrest in the investigation into threats reported in the Turkish-Dutch community following an attempted coup in Turkey in July, the police announced in a statement. A 42-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of incitement, insult, threats and sedition.
The PVV's election campaign is dangerous to the Dutch constitutional state as it goes against it on a number of points, Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) said in the television program Zomergasten on Sunday
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.