Turkiye “Beware of anti-Islam protests”… European travel warning issued

Protesters in Stockholm stepping on pictures of President Erdogan Türkiye

(STOCKHOLM AP = Yonhap News) Pro-Kurdish and anti-Turkey groups held a demonstration in Stockholm, Sweden, on the 21st (local time). A protester steps on a picture of President Erdogan Türkiye. 2023.1.21 llun@yna.co.kr

(Geneva = Yonhap News) Reporter Ahn Hee = The government of Turkey (Turkey) has issued a travel warning for its citizens leaving for Europe, fearing that anti-Turkish and anti-Islam protests will happen again in Europe.

According to the Associated Press and others, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning for its citizens going to Europe on the 29th (local time) and recommended that “if you face xenophobic or racist attacks, you should visit the embassy.”

He also urged, “Be careful in advance and stay away from places where protests are taking place.”

On the 21st, a protest led by the far-right Danish party ‘Hard Line’ was held around the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

The leader of the party, Rasmus Paludan, led an anti-Turkey protest by burning a copy of the Islamic scripture, the Quran.

Apart from this demonstration, protests were also held in downtown Stockholm in support of the Kurds who demanded independence from Turkey and against Sweden’s effort to join NATO.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkiye condemned the demonstration as an insult to Muslims in a commentary on the 23rd of this month, and argued with the Swedish authorities allowing protests by those who support the militant line of the Kurds.

Since then, conflicts over religion have spread to other countries, such as anti-Swedish protests in Islamic countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.


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