The Long Arm of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turan Yazir, a Dutch-born politician of Turkish descent, was until recently a city councilor in Rotterdam. Mr. Yazir was targeted by supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in such a way that he was forced to give up his seat on the council a day after the general election on March 15.

Many thanks to Dr. Van Helsing for translating this article from Algemeen Dagblad:

Dutch-Turkish riot forces Rotterdam city councillor to step down

Turan Yazir, a city councillor for the Christian-Democratic Party (CDA) in the city of Rotterdam, gave up his seat last week after a Turkish newspaper named him as one of the instigators of the diplomatic riot between the Netherlands and Turkey.

Increased tensions in the Turkish community in Rotterdam have had such an impact that it is impossible for Yazir to perform his tasks as city councillor properly, said Sven de Langen, the leader of the Rotterdam Christian-Democrats, in a written statement, but ‘Turan has decided to continue his political activities after a period during which his family and relatives will be the focus of his attention’.

Yazir, who is 42 years old, is seen as a Gülen sympathiser, and has been the target of threats and intimidation since the failed coup in July of last year. He is labeled as a ‘traitor’. The Erdogan regime considers the movement headed by the spiritual leader Fethullah Gülen as the mastermind behind the failed but bloody coup.

The Daily Sabah, a mouthpiece for the Turkish government, displays the former councillor by name and with a photo as a politician who hangs out with ‘fascists in the Netherlands’. The Gülenists, among them also former Rotterdam councillors Alaattin Erdal and Muzaffer Cetin (both Christian-Democrats as well) are portrayed next to a portrait of Geert Wilders. They allegedly support the Freedom Party leader because they are against an expansion of Erdogan’s powers.

Fear of escalation

Yazir, who is married and a father of two, doesn’t want to respond, out of fear of further escalation. ‘I feel singled out,’ said the Rotterdam-born man last fall to this newspaper when his name appeared on a list of Dutch organizations and persons that allegedly have ties with the Gülen ‘terror organization’.

Yazir’s tasks in the faction of three will be temporarily taken over by Christine Eskes. She acted as a stand-in for Danielle Knieriem during recent months, who was absent due to pregnancy but returns today to the council.

8 thoughts on “The Long Arm of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    • Agreed, Salome, though it’s slightly surreal to see Vlad Tepes (ie “Vlad the Impaler”, who inspired the Dracula legend) and Van Helsing (Dracula’s nemesis in Bram Stoker’s novel and innumerable films) yoked together!

      The original Vlad was a Christian knight fighting the Ottoman invaders, which makes vampires’ apparent fear of the crucifix even odder. In Polanski’s weird film “The Fearless Vampire Killers” (1967), the British Jewish actor Alfie Bass, threatened with a crucifix, says “Boy, have you got the wrong vampire!”

  1. That so called “coup” was nothing more than a false flag operation to enable Edorgan to purge the military, the police, the judiciary, and anybody else he could think of of secularists.

    It’s easy to work that out, because for something that was supposedly so long in planning by professional military officers it was a completely amateurish balls up, far more so than you see from the scrambled egg militaries of a lot of genuinely third world nations who are nothing more than thieves in fancy uniforms.

    The Turkish military is, or rather was, a quite decent, competent, professional service with a large majority of dedicated, educated, and intelligent commissioned and non commissioned officer.

  2. Same old rhetorical question: If they like dictatorships so much, why are they living in a democracy, even to the 2nd and 3rd generations?

  3. Turkey’s conduct in this matter is a compelling reason for the abrogation of the Schengen agreement as Turkish people, especially Er-dog-an, cannot be trusted to behave civilly and in accordance with established principles of good governance.


    REAKING: Angela Merkel REJECTS May’s request for ‘parallel talks’ with EU on Brexit
    ANGELA Merkel has rejected a request from Theresa May for Britain and the

    Angel of Death uses “rejects” a clear decisive word without hesitation. Compare her choice of words that are deceptive, shapelessly amoebic when talking about jihadists’ atrocities. And so does that iguana also know as hollande when he says:


    FRENCH REVENGE: President Hollande blasts ‘Brexit will be PAINFUL for the British’

    Ass-brained: revenge is used against enemies who murder you in your own country ( if we assume some of it is still yours). You don’t get revenge against Britain which is doing the right thing: Leaving EU and its devastating jihadism advocate and arab dishdasha worshipers. Although Britain will continue worshiping dishdasha.

    Britain and other European countries suffered and saw real Hell. They brought down on themselves fires from earth and skies. Everyone was to blame. To avoid another hell they created EU. Instead of inflicting a hell on each other by each other ( the usual thing in Europe since eternity) they ( by their own unmatched stupidity invited invaders to inflict a more dreadful hell than the previous one.

    Who would have thought that only a handful of excellent leaders Like Victor Orban, God protect him, has discernment and cognitive powers to do what EU was supposed to do after WW2.

    Why is mankind so unfortunate to have only 4 or 5 sensible leaders in Europe?

    And everyone is responsible, including those who vote Traitors in.

    And where is that sense of sin in Traitors when they surrender their own people to perdition by the followers of the Pirates.

  5. There was some mention that the Trump administration might consider extradition of Gulen to Turkey to be tried on charges of insurrection.

    It brings up an interesting question. Gulen himself is an educational scammer, known for getting US educational grants for his chain of schools, which are of course Islamic. He’s yet another Islamic cultist who claims his Islam is moderate and unlike the mainstream Islam. Gulen got a little too uppity, and now has the Erdogan government after his scalp.

    What should be the position of the US government? I don’t mind at all tweaking at Erdogan by sheltering someone like Gulen, except that Gulen has scammed US funds. The US is simply so vulnerable to identity scams that even someone with every incentive to keep his nose clean tries to get his share of the loot. I would say that if Gulen’s “loyal” followers are willing to pay back all the grants he has gotten from the US and local governments, we should tell Erdogan to take a hike.

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