Kurds in The Netherlands Call for Solidarity Against Erdogan
nsnbc : The Council of Communities in Kurdistan in the Netherlands (DEM-NED) that supports Turkey’s leftist People’s Democratic Party (HDP), on Sunday, called on the Dutch government to stand in solidarity against the Turkish government, following violent protests by Dutch – Turkish citizens in Rotterdam and tensions between the Netherlands and Turkey.
Hundreds of members of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) including members of parliament and mayors have been arrested and charged on trumped-up terrorism charges for alleged support of Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). The HDP stands particularly strong in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish regions but denies direct links to the PKK.
The HDP has, however, strongly criticized the Turkish AKP government when it unilaterally ended peace talks with the PKK and launched renewed military campaigns against the PKK and non-combatant Kurds in 2015. The HDP also repeatedly called the upcoming referendum on constitutional change that would introduce an executive presidential system in Turkey as a farce as the constitutional amendments were paced through parliament while the country was in a state of emergency, while numerous lawmakers were incarcerated, and because the referendum will be held while emergency laws still are in effect. The DEM-NED issued a statement on Sunday, saying:
“On 11 March, Turkish fascists and Erdogan supporters showed their true face in the Netherlands, the AKP is using the referendum to polarize in Europe. … Dutch Kurds have suffered for years with violence and intimidation from supporters of Erdogan in both Turkey and Europe. … The Dutch government must create diplomatic relations with suppressed Kurds, Alevites, and other suppressed people to form a strong counter voice to the dictatorship of Erdogan. … We as Dutch citizens from a Kurdish background are worried about our security in the Netherlands, due to the aggression and violence from Erdogan supporters, that are directed by Turkey”.
Kurdish organizations in the Netherlands also stress that Turkey’s ultra-nationalist MHP which repeatedly has been linked to the notorious “Gray Wolves” and supported the AKP’s proposed “constitutional reform” called on it’s youth militias to carry out actions in Europe. The DEM-NED stressed:
“This group is responsible for mass murders in the east of Turkey, in Kurdistan, but also for attacks on Kurdish organizations over the last 20 years. … We call the Dutch government for a powerful voice against Erdogan, to work and establish relations with groups that support democracy, to ensure the security of Dutch citizens with a Kurdish background, and the protection of Kurdish organizations against violence of Erdogan supporters”.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Sunday said that he will not apologize to Turkey for refusing Turkish officials to rally for it’s presidential referendum in April this year. On the other hand, Turkish FM Cavusoglu said on Sunday:
“The Netherlands will apologize to Turkey. As long as they do not apologize, we will continue to take steps. The Dutch ambassador cannot enter Turkey. We’re expecting a response from the EU against the Netherlands”.
On Sunday Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen responded to the developing diplomatic crisis, proposing a delay of a planned visit by his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim this month. “With the current Turkish attacks on Holland the meeting can not be seen separated from that,” he said in a press release. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to prevent Turkey’s political tensions from spreading into Germany. Some local authorities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have earlier called off Turkish rallies.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Sunday told Germany’s public broadcaster ARD that “A Turkish campaign has no business being there in Germany.” European Parliament Vice President Alexander Graf Lambsdorff called for an EU-wide ban. “The European Union should agree on a line that Turkish ministers are not allowed to campaign in the EU,” he told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper.
CH/L – nsnbc 13.03.2017