We should be grateful to ‘infidel’ Dutch for referendum boost: AKP lawmaker

Justice and Development Party (AKP) Izmir lawmaker Huseyin Kocabiyik (left) appearing on a Turkish discussion programme.

“We shouldn’t be angry with the Germans and the Dutch. We should actually even be a little grateful to them as they have helped our Yes campaign to gain two percentage points in the polls,” ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmaker, Huseyin Kocabiyik, said on live TV.

“I’m telling you this as a political consultant and researcher, you can be certain of this. This event will have great effects on our European citizens and those in our country who haven’t decided yet, or even thought they’d vote No,” Kocabiyik said on a TV show.

The lawmaker claimed that the West no longer adhered to freedom of thought and human rights, and that they are filled with fear each time President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks.

The Izmir lawmaker also said in a tweet on Monday that “Whatever these infidels attempt to do, the opposite will happen. The people are now more aware of why they should vote ‘Yes’.”

Turkish citizens gathered on the streets in Rotterdam and in many cities across Turkey on Saturday and Sunday to protest the Dutch government’s decision to cancel Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s flight into Rotterdam while Betul Sayan Kaya, the Minister of Family and Social Policies, was stopped by armed police vehicles near Rotterdam’s Turkish Consulate in the Netherlands.