erdogan secret service getting nasty

Denmark summons Turkey envoy over claims of blacklist
AFP, Mar 20 2017

STOCKHOLM – Denmark Monday summoned Turkey’s charge d’affaires for talks after local media reported that Danish citizens of Turkish origin critical of Erdogan claimed they had been denounced to Ankara. The Danish foreign ministry said in a statement its foreign policy director “made it clear” that Denmark “saw with great concern” those reports about Danish citizens allegedly being registered by Turkish authorities accused of treason because of their political affiliation. During the meeting, the charge d’affaires said Turkey denied registering Turks living in Denmark based on their political opposition to the government or even having such a registry. Informing on Turks is only permitted in terrorism-related issues, the charge d’affaires said, according to the Danish ministry statement. The Turkish charge d’affaires could not be reached for immediate comment. On Saturday, Danish daily Berlingske reported that several Danish citizens of Turkish origin claimed to have been accused of treason by Ankara and placed on a list because of their political views. Mustafa Gezen, a high-school teacher in Denmark, had appeared on a TV program last year criticizing Erdogan. He later received an anonymous phone call. Gezen told Berlingske:

A man with a heavy Danish accent told me he had recorded the program. He said he would send it to the Turkish embassy in Denmark.

Lars Aslan Rasmussen, an MP for the Social Democrats who has Turkish roots, said he has been contacted by people through Facebook and over the phone saying his name has been sent to the Turkish authorities. Rasmussen told Berlingske:

I take this very seriously. I would of course be very upset if I couldn’t go there anymore because my father is from there.

On Mar 12, Danish PM Rasmussen called on his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim to delay a visit planned for later this month because of “tensions” between Ankara and the neighboring Netherlands. Dutch authorities had refused to allow Turkish ministers to campaign for an Apr 16 referendum on expanding Erdogan’s powers, prompting the Turkish strongman to compare them with Nazi Germany. Rasmussen said in a statement:

Such a visit could not take place in light of the current attacks by Turkey against the Netherlands. Therefore I proposed to my Turkish colleague to postpone our meeting.

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