Dutch expel Turkish minister as police break up protests

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AFP)– Dutch cops used water cannon and horses early Sunday to separate protests outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam as the city expelled a Turkish minister, amidst an intensifying diplomatic row with Ankara.

After numerous hours of calm demonstrations, cops relocated to disperse over 1,000 people gathered close to the consulate, charging the crowd on horseback and using canines to regain control.

Protesters countered, tossing rocks at riot police, while hundreds of automobiles jammed the streets shrieking their horns and revving their engines.

Tensions finally tipped over into violence after a day of fast-moving events, triggered when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he planned to participate in a pro-Turkish government rally in Rotterdam.

The Netherlands, which holds general elections on Wednesday, had consistently stated Cavusoglu was not welcome to campaign for Turkey’s April referendum in the country and declined his aircraft consent to land.

Turkish anti-riot cops officers stand guard the street in front of the Netherlands consulate as they show on March 11, 2017, in Istanbul. (AFP PICTURE/ OZAN KOSE)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted madly implicating the Dutch– who were once under Nazi profession– of being “the vestiges of Nazis.”

The Dutch decision to ban Cavusoglu from visiting followed Germany and other European countries likewise blocked comparable project occasions.

“They are the vestiges of the Nazis, they are fascists,” Erdogan told an Istanbul rally on Saturday, days after he madly compared transfer to obstruct rallies in Germany to “Nazi practices.”

“Restriction our foreign minister from flying however much you like, but from now on let’s see how your flights will land in Turkey,” Erdogan said.

Minister expelled

But later on, Turkey’s Household Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya appeared at the scene after supposedly taking a trip by car overland from Germany.

She was stopped just outside the consulate by Dutch cops, and after a number of hours of negotiations accompanied back to the German border.

Kaya was “on the way from Rotterdam to Germany,” mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb informed press reporters, including: “She has actually been expelled back to the country she came from.”

After several hours of negotiations, it had actually shown “impossible to discover an option,” he said, adding Ankara had actually been repeatedly informed she was “not welcome. But nonetheless she decided to travel.”

An indication reads “Emergency situation Order, Forbidden To Get in” as Dutch cops block the roadway causing the Turkish consul’s residence in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, March 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Kaya suffered her treatment, and could be seen in images on Dutch NOS tv appearing to argue with Dutch authorities about the scenario.

“We have actually been here for about 4 hours. We were not even provided water,” she informed the NTV television channel.

“I was told to leave the country and go back to Germany as soon as possible,” she added.

Cavusoglu on the other hand flew to France where he is anticipated to attend to a rally Sunday in the eastern city of Metz. A French official said the check out had been cleared by the foreign ministry in Paris.

As the row raved, Turkish foreign ministry sources said the Dutch embassy in Ankara and consulate in Istanbul had both been sealed off for “security factors.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Erdogan’s criticism was “crazy.”

“I comprehend that they are mad however this is escape of line,” he stated. “I actually believe we made the right decision here.”

‘Don’t return’

Cavusoglu, speaking in Istanbul, said the restriction was “inappropriate.”

“Why are you taking sides in the referendum?” he stated, adding: “Is the foreign minister of Turkey a terrorist?”

The Turkish foreign ministry stated the Dutch charge d’affaires in Ankara was summoned and informed Turkey did not desire the Dutch ambassador– presently on holiday– to return “for a while.”

The Netherlands is home to some 400,000 individuals of Turkish origin, and Ankara is eager to harness votes of the diaspora in Europe ahead of the April 16 referendum on producing an executive presidency.

The Turkish federal government argues the changes would ensure stability and develop more efficient governance, however challengers say it would cause one-man rule and more irritate stress in its varied society.

The most recent row came after NATO allies Turkey and Germany sparred over the cancellation of a series of referendum project occasions there.

Germany is home to 1.4 million individuals qualified to vote in Turkey– the fourth-largest electoral base after Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.

Although Berlin firmly insisted the cancellations by local authorities were for logistical reasons, Turkish authorities consistently hit back.