Denmark will probe allegations that Danish nationals with Turkish origin have been threatened with reprisals for criticizing the Turkish government, the Danish foreign minister said Sunday.
Anders Samuelsen said the Foreign Ministry would summon the Turkish ambassador to a meeting on Monday "so that we can determine what they know" about the allegations, news agency Ritzau reported.
The move followed a report in Sunday's edition of the daily Berlingske in which several Danish nationals with Turkish background said they had been told they were "traitors" after criticizing the Turkish government's crackdown on the opposition after last year's attempted coup.
Lars Aslan Rasmussen, a member of parliament for the opposition Social Democrats, and former parliamentarian Oezlem Cekic of another leftist party cited emails and messages on social media. They therefore feared visiting family in Turkey.
"I fear I can be arrested [in Turkey]," Cekic told the daily, saying her Danish passport was no safeguard.
A week ago, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen asked his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim to postpone a planned visit to Denmark where Yildirim had planned to rally support for Erdogan.
The Danish premier cited the row between Ankara and several European countries over decisions not to allow the Turkish government to hold rallies in support of an upcoming referendum to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.