A Turkish man has been attacked in the head a day after Turkey’s Consul General in Rotterdam called on people to “do their part” against Gülen Movement.
Hasan Cücük, former Denmark reporter of Turkey’s seized newspaper Zaman wrote on his Twitter account on Friday that an Amsterdam-based Hizmet (a.k.a. Gulen Movement) volunteer was attacked a day after the consul general targeted people with ties to the movement.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as well as the government has been accusing the faith-based Gülen movement of masterminding the bloody coup attempt erupted on July 15. The movement has repeatedly repudiated such claims, condemning any intervention into democratically elected administrations.
“It should be insistently shown that FETÖ [an abbreviation coined by Erdoğan to describe the movement] poses danger for all countries it operates in as well as in Turkey. Apart from official efforts, all our citizens and civil society organizations should do what they need to do,” Sadin Ayyıldız, Turkey’s Consul General in Rotterdam told reporters on Thursday.
The attacker reportedly said the consulate had designated the movement as a terrorist organization.
The attack on Amsterdam man came as the latest of such incidents as Turkish government has gradually geared up its discriminatory discourse against the movement since July 15.
Several stores across Turkey that sell books of Fethullah Gülen, the US-based Muslim cleric whom the movement inspired from, have earlier been reported to be looted by angry mobs.