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    Ankara Asks Turkish Firms in Netherlands to Report Those Mocking Erdogan

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    The Turkish consulate in Rotterdam has emailed different Turkish organizations operating in the Netherlands with an appeal to report cases of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan being insulted, Dutch NL Times newspaper said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to newspaper, this move comes a day after the Dutch authorities voiced their intention to abolish its legislature which makes insulting a friendly state's leader a criminal offense.

    Dutch politicians have negatively reacted to this move by Ankara calling it a "disturbing interference," as quoted by the media outlet.

    The Turkish laws making it illegal to insult Turkey, the Turkish nation, or Turkish government institutions. According to media reports, more than 1,500 people in Turkey are being investigated for insulting the president.

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