Dutch PM: Turkish president must stop provocation, apologise for comments

Dozens of protesters gathered on Saturday night in front of the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam in the Netherlands to listen to Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya.

Ankara has suspended high-level diplomatic relations after Dutch authorities prevented its ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate Turks, worsening a row between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. He added that “we all show solidarity with the Netherlands”.

Numerous countries have cited security concerns as the official reason the rallies have been banned or moved.

The spat began when Holland refused to let Turkish ministers hold political rallies there ahead of a referendum in Turkey to be held on April 16. The notes centered around the treatment of Turkish diplomats and the Rotterdam incident. “They are Nazi remnants and fascists”.

But Erdogan took it as a slight, accusing the Dutch of Islamophobia and comparing them to Nazis.

Yildirim said he told Rutte that what happened was wrong and should be corrected.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen, the Danish Prime Minister, proposed Sunday to delay a visit by Binali Yilderim, his Turkish counterpart, given the escalating feud between the Netherlands and Turkey.

“Surely a terrorist group is not more deserving of a podium in Rotterdam than a Turkish minister”, Likoed Nederland wrote Sunday.

A Dutch foreign ministry spokeswoman told AFP that the Netherlands had “protested to the Turkish authorities” over the incident.

The official said entries and exits were closed to the two locations.

On Monday, Ankara said the Dutch ambassador could not return to the country and added parliament would be advised to withdraw from the Dutch-Turkish friendship group.

The Netherlands, where there are almost 250,000 eligible Turk voters, last week also cited security concerns when it barred Mr Cavusoglu from entering to address a rally in Rotterdam.

In 2016, Europe had plenty of referendums: In the Netherlands, in Britain, and in Hungary, controversial votes sent shockwaves that are still being felt.

According to Dutch public broadcaster NOS, 13 people were arrested in Amsterdam for throwing stones at police, making “Hitler salutes”, and public violence. This has been a constant of Turkish government policy: Turks in Europe are Turks.

“There have been diplomatic tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands”, the ministry wrote.

“The European Union prides itself on its freedom of expression”, said EU commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas. Cars and motorbikes drove in circles, waving Turkish flags and blowing their horns.

The campaign was already dominated by issues of identity, with anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders set to make strong gains.

In response, Turkish President Recep Erdogan stated that Dutch authorities are acting like Nazis. A few days later, officials in Cologne did the same for Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci. “Turkey continues to shout ever louder, directed now at Germany, as well as the Netherlands, but there must come a moment when we have talks”. “We will surely have sanctions against the latest actions by the Netherlands. Are you going to kill them, burn them or what?”

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