Turkish news agency publishes list of ‘pro-Gülen’ Dutch groups

Part of an infographic of Dutch Turkish interests. Screenshot: aa.com.tr
Part of Anadolu’s article. Screenshot: aa.com.tr

Turkish state news agency Anadolu has published an article listing companies and organisations in the Netherlands which it says are allied to the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, blamed by Ankara for the failed military coup last month.

Both prime minister Mark Rutte and foreign minister Bert Koenders have criticised Turkey in the past few days for its unwanted interference in the Dutch Turkish community. The foreign ministry said it will make a statement on the list later on Tuesday.

The Anadolu list includes schools, cultural institutions and business organisations which it says support Gülen. He has lived in the US for the past 19 years.

The Cosmicus college in Rotterdam, the Metis Montessori school in Amsterdam and two primary schools in Amsterdam are included on the list. The schools – De Roos and the Witte Tulp – have both been in the headlines because dozens of parents have withdrawn their children following earlier claims of a Gülen link.

It also claims the Sanitas Health Centre Foundation in Rotterdam funnels cash to Gülen movement.

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