Sunday 01 August 2021

Rotterdam mayor appeals to Dutch Turks to stay calm in coup aftermath

Netherlands turkeyRotterdam’s mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has appealed to the Turkish community in the Netherlands ‘to stay calm’ following Friday night’s failed military coup.

The Telegraaf reported that windows had been smashed at cultural centres in Rotterdam and Zaandam, and that supporters of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan were circulating ‘boycott lists’ of Turkish businesses in Amsterdam that were critical of the president.

‘What has happened in Turkey is already bad enough,’ the paper quoted Aboutaleb as saying. There are some 500,000 people of Turkish origin in the Netherlands.

Mehmet Cerit, editor in chief of Dutch Turkish newspaper Zaman Vandaag told the NRC the failed coup will only lead to a further deterioration in the relationship between different Turkish communities in the Netherlands.

‘It is very worrying’, said Ahmet Taskan, co-founder of a Dutch-Turkish business association and a prominent supporter of Muslim cleric Fetullah Gulen, who has denied any involvement in the coup.

Several hundred Dutch Turks held spontaneous demonstrations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven on Saturday to celebrate the failure of the coup, in response to Erdogan’s call to his supporters to go out onto the streets.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.