Saturday 24 October 2020

Man arrested in Rotterdam following tensions in Turkish community

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A 42-year-old man has been arrested in Rotterdam in connection with unrest in the Turkish migrant community following the failed coup against President Erdogan.

The man is accused of a string of offences including incitement to violence, making threats, fomenting hatred and vandalism. It is the first arrest to emerge from the 175 official complaints made to police in the wake of the July 15 intervention.

Around half the complaints relate to alleged threats and harassment via social media. Supporters of Erdogan have circulated lists online of schools and businesses allegedly linked to exiled opposition leader Fetullah Gülen, who the Turkish president claims is behind the attempted coup.

An investigating magistrate will decide on Thursday whether the Rotterdam suspect should stay in custody. Police expect to make more arrests in the coming days.

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