Pro-government newspaper: ‘48,000 Dutch soldiers Vs. 400,000 Turks’

Turkish citizens in front of Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam, 11 March 2017

Pro-government newspaper Yeni Akit made a comparison of the number of Turkish citizens living in the Netherlands with the Dutch military forces while Turkey’s ministers blame Amsterdam of tyranny and oppression.

“The Netherlands has 48,000 soldiers while there are 400,000 Turks living there,” the newspaper claimed as Turkish citizens gathered on the streets in Rotterdam to protest the decision to cancel Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s flight into Rotterdam on Saturday while Betul Sayan Kaya, the Minister of Family and Social Policies, was stopped with armed vehicles near Rotterdam’s Turkish Consulate in the Netherlands.

Minister of Family and Social Policy Betul Sayan Kaya tweeted about the events as they unfolded, calling on the world to stand up against the “fascist policies” in the “name of democracy.”

Critical commentators said the Turkish government’s statements did not correspond to their own policies nor to their supporters that gathered in Rotterdam on Saturday evening. Video footage and pictures from the Dutch city showed Turks chanting support for their government while making hand gestures belonging to the ultranationalist and, according to some, fascist organisation Grey Wolves as well as the Muslim Brotherhood attributed four-fingered “Rabia” hand gesture.