Turkish to boycott election over 'genocide'
5 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — A large section of the Turkish community in the Netherlands is planning to boycott voting at the 22 November national elections.
5 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — A large section of the Turkish community in the Netherlands is planning to boycott voting at the 22 November national elections.
The director of Turkish lobby group IOT, Ahmet Azdural, said primarily young Turkish immigrants feel that the nation's political parties don’t listen to other opinions.
Turkish voters are reacting to decisions from Labour PvdA and the Christian Democrat CDA to dump Turkish politicians from their candidate lists.
The decision was taken after they refused to accept that genocide was committed in the mass murder of Armenians by Turkey in 1915.
The controversy will cost the left-wing opposition parties PvdA, green-left GroenLinks and Socialist PS a lot of votes.
A poll of immigrant voters indicated two weeks ago that the three parties could count on 60 percent of immigrant votes.
The poll was conducted when the Turkish candidates Ayhan Tonca and Osman Elmaci (CDA) and Erdinç Saçan (PvdA) were still listed as candidates for the Lower House of Parliament elections.
National Turkish organisations and politicians will now meet on Sunday in Capelle aan den Ijssel to decide on a joint course of action to prevent the Armenian issue damaging the relatively large voter turnout rate for the Turkish community.
Turkish student groups protested in Amsterdam, The Hague and Groningen and in front of the PvdA office in Amsterdam on Thursday.
PvdA MP Nebahat Albayrak said on Wednesday it was right to discuss genocide and that Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands and Europe must be prepared to enter debate about the mass murder of the Armenian population.
Despite Turkey's denials, Albayrak said it was right to describe the mass killings as genocide. But she also said Turkey has the right to dispute the use of the international legal term 'genocide'.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news