Turkish politician’s meeting room cancelled in Sweden

The deputy leader of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party and ex-minister Mehdi Eker’s meeting in Swedish capital Stockholm has been cancelled, after similar cancellations in Germany and the Netherlands.

Eker announced today that the owner of the hall in which the meeting was supposed to take place in had cancelled the rental agreement.

Speaking to Swedish radio, the spokesperson of Sweden’s foreign ministry Kent Oberg said, “There is freedom of speech in Sweden. Everyone has the right to speak and organise meetings. If the necessary permissions have been granted, then anyone can hold a meeting. However, in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, countries have the right to ban the political campaigns of foreign governments.”

Mehdi Eker later said that his program in Sweden was going to continue as alternative locations have been arranged.