The Dutch parliament recently voted to recognize the 1915 genocide against the Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. The resolution enraged Turkish nationalists, both at home and abroad. Turkish websites have responded by identifying specific members of the Dutch Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives) who are ethnic Turks, and labeling them as traitors to the motherland.
Turkish website opens attack on our politicians
by Alexander Bakker
THE HAGUE — A Turkish pro-Erdogan website is calling out five MPs with a Turkish background. They are being called traitors. The reason for this is the recognition of the Armenian genocide by the Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives). Denk alone voted against the proposal.
The website En Son Haber is trying to drag our MPs through the mud name by name. Several photographs of the politicians are also shown. Members of the House Yesilgöz (VVD), Karabulut (SP), Laçin (SP), Özdil (GL) and Özütok (GL) are accused as ‘those who betrayed the motherland’.
The VVD Member of Parliament Yesilgöz is even called the ‘daughter of a terrorist’. The liberal reacts soberly under the barbaric attack: “I am Dutch and I feel totally unaccountable to these types.”
Denk (Think Party) leader Kuzu meanwhile is trying via Turkish Television, a pro-Erdogan medium, to further break through to Turkish-Dutch people. In an interview he calls on council members with a Turkish background to clearly state how they view the recognition of the Armenian genocide.
He calls the decision of the House of Representatives a ‘stunt to win souls for the upcoming local elections’. The politician does not say a word about the horrors during the genocide itself. Kuzu prefers to point to the history of slavery in the Netherlands.