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

Protesters in Stockholm stepping on photos of President Erdogan Türkiye

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

(Geneva = Yonhap News) Correspondent Ahn Hee = The Turkiye (Turkey) government has issued a travel warning to its citizens leaving for Europe, fearing a recurrence of anti-Turkish and anti-Islam protests in Europe.

According to the Associated Press and others, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning to 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 Danish far-right party ‘Hard Line’ took place around the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

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

Aside from this demonstration, protests were also held in downtown Stockholm in support of the Kurds who insisted on independence from Turkey and against Sweden’s push 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 took issue with the Swedish authorities allowing protests by those who support the Kurdish militant line.

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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