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The Dutch Foreign Secretary, Timmermans, will tomorrow visit Turkey.
The opposition parties in the Dutch parliament say that Timmermans then should express concerns in the Netherlands about police violence against Turkish pro-democracy demonstrators to the Turkish government.
They moved this in parliament. However, that proposal was rejected, with 70 opposition votes for it, and 78 votes of the government coalition parties VVD and PvdA against it.
Tomorrow, Timmermans will go to the Turkish-Syrian border, to meet Dutch NATO soldiers there. The Dutch government parties don’t want concerns about human rights in Turkey to interfere with Dutch-Turkish-NATO warmongering in the Syrian-Turkish border region.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Tories blasted for lame response on violence in Turkey
Tuesday 18 June 2013
by Roger Bagley
Labour MPs condemned a Foreign Office minister’s feeble gyrations today over Turkey’s vicious attacks on protesters.
Democracy campaigner John Healey MP accused Minister David Lidington of dishing out “subdued” words to Parliament when he should have expressed “shock.”
Mr Healey complained that Turkish authorities had arrested people for using Twitter, blocked trade union demos with huge police numbers and threatened to use the army against their own citizens.
The minister replied that it was important that human rights were respected. He suggested that some images from Istanbul and Ankara were “disturbing.”
He added lamely: “As friends of Turkey, we hope to see those problems resolved peacefully.”
Mr Lidington also told MPs that “Turkey remains an important foreign policy partner and Nato ally, and we support its continuing reform agenda.”
He argued that Turkey had carried out substantial judicial and democratic reforms over the last 20 years, and it was a very different country compared with previous military rule.
Labour shadow foreign office minister Emma Reynolds complained that “many will be concerned about the generality of the minister’s answers.”
Green MP Caroline Lucas protested at the holding incommunicado of more than 100 civilians arrested at the weekend, including nurses and doctors, amid reports of beatings.
She demanded a public statement from the British government condemning such detentions, and expressing “outrage” at recent events.
From Associated Press:
Last Updated: 13/06/17 6:07 PM ET
Hotel owners who sheltered Turkish protesters ‘cooperated with terror,’ Erdogan says
ISTANBUL — Riot police in Istanbul fired water cannon and tear gas Monday to disperse pockets of protesters on the sidelines of a demonstration called by labour groups who hope to capitalize on weeks of initially small-scale activism to register broader discontent.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said even the owners of luxury hotels near Taksim Square who had provided refuge to protesters fleeing the chaos of the police raid were linked to terrorism.
At least 400 people were arrested Sunday, according to the Istanbul Bar Association, with local news reports saying some journalists had been among them.
One foreign photographer documenting the clashes Saturday night said a police officer had torn his gas mask off him while in a cloud of tear gas, and forced him to clear his memory card of photographs.
Some doctors and nurses who treated protesters were also detained by security forces, according to the legal offices of the Istanbul Chamber of Doctors. Lawyers have been held by the authorities in recent days.
On governmental tear gas: While it’s not too pleasant for people to be in a cloud of the noxious fumes, the effect on animals is much worse, and Turkish animal rights activists say that the results on Istanbul’s cat, dog, and bird population was devastating: here.
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