Turkish residents and citizens of Belgium, France, and the Netherlands who overwhelming voted for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took to the streets to celebrate his victory.
The Islamist President saw overwhelming support in several Western European countries, according to a poll showing the votes of Turkish citizens living abroad reported by Turkish newspaper Hürriyet.
The data shows that in Belgium 74.9 percent of Turks voted for Erdoğan, which was similar in neighbouring Holland with 73 percent and in Austria with 72.3 percent.
In France, Erdoğan still won a majority of the Turkish vote with 63.7 percent and in Germany, he garnered 64.8 percent.
Countries with smaller Turkish national populations like the UK, Spain, and Italy saw the majority of votes go to Erdoğan’s rival Muharrem İnce who conceded defeat on Sunday evening.
Across several countries, Turkish residents took to the streets to celebrate the victory of President Erdoğan in the election which is only the latest victory for the Turkish leader who has rapidly consolidated power by recently winning a referendum to abolish the position of Prime Minister.
On Twitter, users posted videos of Turks celebrating the election.
⚡🇹🇷|VIDÉO – Scènes de liesse ce soir à #Bruxelles pour les partisans d'#Erdogan. Le président sortant a proclamé sa victoire, sans attendre les résultats officiels. (Snapchat) pic.twitter.com/MRiAZ07VZW
— Brèves de presse (@Brevesdepresse) June 24, 2018
Turkey or Belgium? Erdoğan, AK Party supporters celebrate reelection victory in Brussels. pic.twitter.com/d9HYnCGQG6
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) June 24, 2018
In Brussels, Turkish nationals took to the streets chanting slogans and waving Turkish flags. In the French city of Strasbourg, Turks flew flags from their cars to celebrate the win, while another video, said to be from the French commune of Cluses, showed Turkish voters yelling “Allahu Akbar” and chanting Erdoğan’s name.
— Guillaume Krempp (@GuillaumeKrempp) June 24, 2018
Devant la mairie de #Cluses (74) hier soir …
France 2018. pic.twitter.com/JjLX0ulxtv
— Tancrède ن (@Tancrede_Crptrs) June 25, 2018
In the Austrian capital of Vienna, a crowd of around 200 Turks took to the streets of the heavily migrant-populated Favoriten district according to tabloid Kronen Zeitung which described the Turks as celebrating their “Sultan”.
In the Netherlands, the Turkish celebrations of Erdoğan’s electoral win were slammed by Dutch firebrand politician Geert Wilders who wrote on Twitter: “Total invasion. Turks who celebrate the Islamofascism of Erdoğan here. No integration but colonisation.”
Turken die hier het islamofascisme van Erdogan vieren.
Geen integratie maar kolonisatie. pic.twitter.com/VanT0LSKvg
— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) June 25, 2018