The 55 Kurds arrested as suspected members of the PKK rebel group on Monday were holding a legal meeting, the Dutch Kurdish Federation said on Tuesday.
The meeting was ‘a cultural gathering which was announced and completely legal,’ the federation said in a statement.
On Monday, some 150 police officers were involved in a raid on a holiday park in Zeeland province, where 55 suspected members of the separatist organisation were arrested.
‘It would appear simply being a Kurd is enough to get you picked up,’ the spokesman is quoted as saying. He called on the Dutch government not to be used by the Turkish authorities.
The 55 people arrested on Monday are still in custody.
The PKK is on the EU’s official list of terrorist organisations and has been illegal in the Netherlands since 2007.