Dutch cow to become victim of Turkey-Netherlands spat

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Beşiktaş City Council member Hüseyin Avni Sipahi (L) and the condemned cow.

Independent member of the Beşiktaş City Council Hüseyin Avni Sipahi said he would butcher a cow that came from the Netherlands as reactions to The Hague mount over the expulsion of Turkish Minister of Family and Social Policy Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya and the use of police force against Turks demonstrating in Rotterdam, Hürriyet reported on Monday.

According to the report, at a meeting of the city council during which members condemned the Dutch government, Sipahi said: “I cannot accept the expulsion of our ministers despite the fact that they didn’t pose any threat. I have a farm in Emirli and a cow that came from Holland. She used to give a good amount of milk. But from know on she can give the milk to whoever she wants.”

Ahmet Selamet, head of the City Council, interrupted Sipahi and said: “Butcher the cow and invite us to dinner, then. Yes, friends, Mr. Hüseyin will kill the cow and we will eat it.”

“Yes, I will butcher the cow and invite you over,” confirmed Sipahi.

“I would send the cow back to the Netherland if the cost were not so high,” Sipahi told reporters after the council meeting.

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) members of the council also condemned the Dutch during their speeches at the meeting.

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