“Folks ought to have the liberty to vote. That additionally applies to individuals with a Turkish passport who reside within the Netherlands. However violence and intimidation in a polling station are unacceptable.” That’s the reply of Minister Karien van Gennip of Social Affairs within the Home of Representatives to questions from the VVD in regards to the large brawl final Sunday within the RAI in Amsterdam.
About 300 individuals had been concerned within the brawl. Turkish Dutch individuals might vote within the RAI for Sunday’s elections. Representatives of various teams got here to blows.
Voltages exported to the Netherlands
Van Gennip identified that the police investigation into what precisely occurred remains to be ongoing and that she can’t say a lot about it. However she added that voting have to be completed non-violently and with respect for the Dutch Structure. The minister additionally stated that the Turkish elections are very tense and that these tensions are being exported to the Netherlands.
She has already talked about this a number of occasions with organizations of Turkish Dutch individuals and tonight she has one other dialog, which had already been agreed upon. In line with Van Gennip, the tensions should categorical themselves “in a Dutch manner”, with out violence and intimidation.
Does it should be within the RAI?
VVD MP Bente Becker stated that Dutch individuals with a Turkish background have been “influenced and intimidated by the Turkish regime for too lengthy and too typically”. In line with her, there are indicators that folks affiliated with a militant department of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK occasion had been current within the RAI. “That ought to completely not be doable.”
Becker additionally puzzled whether or not the elections wouldn’t be higher held at a Turkish consulate or by put up reasonably than in a constructing just like the RAI. Van Gennip stated that the Turkish embassy within the Netherlands chooses how the elections are organized and that that is completed in session with the municipalities.
Earlier it was agreed that Turkish politicians are usually not allowed to marketing campaign within the Netherlands three months earlier than the elections and the minister stated that “so far as we all know now” this has not visibly occurred.