Thursday 25 February 2021

MPs want answers on leaked report about Erdogan’s influence in NL

Turkish flags hanging inside a building in The Hague. Photo: DutchNews.nl

MPs are calling for more details about a leaked report by the Dutch counter terrorism unit NCTV in which officials express their concerns about the influence Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has on Dutch Turks.

The report entitled ‘The development of salafism among Turks – the influence in the Netherlands’ was analytically incomplete and had not been signed off with other security services and ministries, the NCTV said in a reaction to the leak.

Salafism is an ultra-conservative movement within Sunni Islam, and a small proportion of its followers – known as jihadi Salafists – believe in violence.

Despite not being finished, a copy ended up in the hands of monthly news magazine HP/De Tijd, which states that the NCTV ‘considers Turkish president Erdogan is pursuing a deliberate strategy of Islamisation and gives space to salafist, sometimes jihadist organisations, which are influencing Dutch Turkish organisations’.

In addition, the rise of salafism among Dutch Turks does have implications for public safety here, the magazine quotes the NCTV as saying.

Erdogan’s ‘anti-western, religious messages and activities’ can, according to the document, ‘sow hatred among certain groups of Dutch Turks’ and ‘ensure they turn their backs on Dutch society and democracy’.

MPs from across the political spectrum have asked the government for more clarity.

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