“It is unacceptable that Danish citizens of Turkish origin who criticise Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are reported to Turkish authorities” said the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen on Monday.
The Turkish ambassador to Denmark has been summoned by the Danish Foreign Affairs Ministry for explanations, according to a report by the Turkish daily Milliyet.
The Danish minister added that the denouncement of Danish citizens to Turkish authorities is a criminal matter and that they have summoned the Turkish ambassador “to clear up the matter.”
The move came after a report published on Sunday by the Danish daily Berlingske with the headline “Danish Turks denounced as traitors”.
Several Danish citizens of Turkish origin, including Ozlem Sara Cekic, former member of parliament for the Socialist People’s Party (SF), claimed that they are being threatened by Turks living in Denmark. Complaints have been filed about them by Turkish citizens to start criminal proceedings for treason in Turkey, noted Cekic, according to the report.
Turkish authorities have also been accused of espionage by German authorities after it was revealed that clerics were spying on suspected Fethullah Gulen supporters and reporting their activities to Ankara.
Relations between the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party and several European states have taken a turn for the worse recently as the effects of Turkey’s crackdown on opposition groups in the country and President Erdogan’s bid for extended powers has swelled over into Europe.