Dutch Turks show support for Turkish anti-government protestors

Several hundred people have taken part in demonstrations in Amsterdam and The Hague, calling for support for the ‘Occupy Taksim’ protesters in Turkey.

The movement, which started last week as a peaceful sit-in protest in response to the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul, has turned into a nationwide protest demanding the resignation of Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

In Amsterdam, protesters gathered at Amsterdam’s city centre Beursplein. The crowd included Turkish immigrants, students, artists and activists as well as Dutch people, who had set up a Facebook group called ‘Dutch support for Taksim occupy!!’.

Calling on the Turkish government to resign, the group in Amsterdam sang songs and chanted slogans in several languages such as ‘shoulder to shoulder against fascism’ and ‘everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance’.

According to the BBC, Turkish protesters clashed with police in Istanbul again on Sunday night in some of the worst violence since unrest erupted three days ago.

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