Turkey will intensify its efforts against racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia on all international platforms, especially at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as Turkey’s government is currently the term president, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said March 14.
“This matter is not a matter merely for Turkey. This fascism that shows its dirty face is negatively impacting all Muslims and foreigners living in Europe,” he said at a Doctor’s Day meeting.
Erdoğan called on Turks, Muslims and foreigners living in Germany and the Netherlands not to vote for parties that espouse anti-Turkey policies.
In a new attack against the Dutch in their spat, Erdoğan also held the Netherlands responsible for Europe’s worst mass killing since World War II.
“We know the Netherlands and the Dutch from the Srebrenica massacre. We know how rotten their character is from their massacre of 8,000 Bosnians there,” he said.
“We are familiar with how the character of their civilization was corrupted, how they have massacred 8,000 Bosnians there; we know them well,” Erdoğan noted.
Erdoğan was referring to a Dutch battalion of United Nations peacekeepers who failed to halt the slaughter by Bosnian Serb forces of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia in 1995.
In 2002, the government of Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok resigned en masse in recognition that the country’s soldiers failed to do enough to prevent the slaughter.
Some European countries have turned into “toys of racist and fascist parties” Erdoğan stated. He also slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel for siding with the Netherlands.
“We know that you are no different from them. We do not expect anything else. [Dutch PM Mark Rutte] attacks with his horses and dogs, and you [Merkel] attack with your horses and dogs.”
The Netherlands exhibited “state terror” by not permitting Turkish ministers to rally with Turks in the country on March 11 and by intervening against protesters with police, Erdoğan said, adding that the country had greatly damaged Europe and the EU. “Now, the EU, for those who want to cooperate with, is not a symbol of the law, freedoms and human rights anymore. Europe is so important that it cannot be left at the mercy of a rogue state. I invite the whole world to take a determined position to be more sensitive.”