Conflict escalated into dramatic scenes on the streets of Rotterdam as the Netherlands banned Turkish ministers from speaking in that European city.
According to Reuters, the dispute prompted Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to call the Netherlands a “Nazi remnant.” The two countries are historically NATO allies.
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Turkey’s Prime Minister is an Islamic fascist trying to expand his reach through the huge Turkish minorities in Europe.
The Netherlands barred Turkey’s foreign minister from landing in Rotterdam on Saturday in a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among Turkish emigres…
Turkey has since sent another minister by car from Germany, and she has been stopped from reaching the consulate, too:
Turkish family minister’s vehicle was intercepted by Dutch police while entering the country late Saturday, Turkish Consul-General in Rotterdam Sadin Ayyildiz said.
Minister of Family and Social Affairs, Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya has been blocked from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam on Saturday…
Kaya said the Dutch police told her that as a Turkish minister, she was forbidden from entering the consulate building and they were allowed only 30 meters away from the building.
Hundreds of Turks in Rotterdam are now protesting outside the consulate in support of President Erdogan:
This a frightening misuse of the Turkish diaspora that raises questions about the security risk in having large, under-assimilated minorities:
The Netherlands barred Turkey’s foreign minister from landing in Rotterdam on Saturday in a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among Turkish emigres, leading President Tayyip Erdogan to brand the fellow NATO member a “Nazi remnant”.
The extraordinary incident came hours after Mevlut Cavusoglu said he would fly to Rotterdam despite being banned from a rally there to marshal support for sweeping new powers Erdogan seeks. Europe, he said, must be rid of its “boss-like attitude”.
Cavusoglu, who was barred from a similar meeting in Hamburg last week but spoke instead from the Turkish consulate, accused the Dutch of treating the many Turkish citizens in the country like “hostages”, cutting them off from Ankara.,,
Cavusoglu threatened harsh economic and political sanctions if the Dutch refused him entry, a threat that proved decisive for the Netherlands government.
It cited public order and security concerns in withdrawing landing rights for Cavusoglu’s flight. But it said the sanctions threat made the search for a reasonable solution impossible.
Turkish authorities have sealed off the Dutch embassy and consulate, sources at Turkey’s foreign ministry have said, in the latest incident in a tit-for-tat row between the two countries over Turkish campaigning in Europe.
Turkey also closed off the residences of the Dutch ambassador, charge d’affaires and consul general as tensions between the Nato partners escalated after the Dutch government barred Turkey’s foreign minister from flying to Rotterdam.
SKY News reported that the protest involved “more than 1,000 supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.” The Turkish president has been seeking support from Turks throughout Europe “to help clinch victory in the 16 April referendum that could give him sweeping new powers,” SKY News reported. However, according to SKY News, Dutch leaders believe the measure is undemocratic.
“Turkey’s family minister was prevented by police from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. Hundreds of protesters waving Turkish flags gathered outside, demanding to see the minister,” Reuters reported.