Turkey summons Dutch envoy over Quran tearing

Turkish Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday it has summoned the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to protest against “the vile act” of a far-right Dutch politician to tear pages out of the Quran.

The ministry summoned Joep Wijnands to protest the “heinous and despicable act and demanded that the Netherlands allow no such provocative acts,” the ministry said in a statement.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the vile attack by an anti-Islamic person in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 22, to target our holy book, the Holy Quran,” it added.

“This despicable act … is a clear declaration that Islamophobia, discrimination and xenophobia know no bounds in Europe,” it said.

Turkey expected the Dutch authorities to take necessary actions against the perpetrator of the incident and to implement concrete measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents, according to the ministry.

A video posted on social media showed Edwin Wagensveld, leader of the far-right group, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, ripped pages from a Quran in The Hague.

The incident comes after Swedish-Danish right-wing extremist, Rasmus Paludan, burned the Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm on Saturday, which drew strong reaction from Turkey.

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