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Turkish Embassy in Netherlands Holds Reception with Local Islamist Groups

January 6th, 2022 15:42

Turk­ish-Dutch media is report­ing that the Turk­ish Embassy in the Nether­lands host­ed a Repub­lic Day recep­tion attend­ed by sev­er­al pro-Turk­ish or Islamist groups. Accord­ing to the Plat­form Der­gisi report:

Novem­ber 3rd, 2021: The 98th anniver­sary of the 29 Octo­ber Repub­lic Day was cel­e­brat­ed in Ams­ter­dam, the Nether­lands, host­ed by the Turk­ish Embassy in The Hague and with the con­tri­bu­tion of the Con­sulate Gen­er­als in Ams­ter­dam, Rot­ter­dam and Deven­ter… [Trans­lat­ed by Google]

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Accord­ing to the arti­cle, Turk­ish embassy and con­sular offi­cials attend­ed the recep­tion. Oth­er atten­dees includ­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives of:

  • DENK: a pro­gres­sive Dutch migrant polit­i­cal par­ty with a pro-Turk­ish stance
  • The North Hol­land Mil­lî Görüş Orga­ni­za­tion (Dutch: Mil­li Görüş Noord-Ned­er­land), a local branch of Mil­lî Görüş
  • The South Hol­land Mil­lî Görüş Orga­ni­za­tion (Dutch: Ned­er­landse Islami­tis­che Fed­er­atie; NIF) anoth­er local branch of Mil­lî Görüş
  • MÜSİAD, a Turk­ish Islamist businessman’s group that has sup­port­ed the AKP

Repub­lic Day is a Turk­ish nation­al hol­i­day com­mem­o­rat­ing the found­ing of the sec­u­lar Turk­ish Republic.

Mil­lî Görüş is a Turk­ish polit­i­cal move­ment whose aim is to trans­form Turkey into an Islam­ic state. The move­ment was found­ed in 1969 by for­mer Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Necmet­tin Erbakan, who, until his death, head­ed the Islamist Felic­i­ty Par­ty in Turkey. The ide­ol­o­gy and polit­i­cal agen­da of Mil­lî Görüş has called for an end to the sec­u­lar regime in Turkey through edu­ca­tion and preaching.

The Gray Wolves (aka the Ide­al­ist Hearths; Ülkü Ocak­ları) are a Turk­ish ultra­na­tion­al­ist youth and street move­ment con­nect­ed to the coali­tion part­ner of Erdoğan’s AKP party.