dglobalnews.com Turkish president calls Dutch 'Nazi remnants'
Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Turkish president calls Dutch 'Nazi remnants'

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Mexico City last month, was denied landing rights by the Dutch government.

Austria, Germany and the Netherlands have voiced displeasure that the Turkish referendum - over constitutional amendments created to consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's already formidable powers - was being debated within their borders.

The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, earlier vowed that he would travel to Rotterdam, despite a ban on him addressing a political meeting of ex-pat Turks.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Saturday denounced remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan likening the Dutch to Nazis as "crazy", adding it was "way out of line".

Cavusoglu said their would be "heavy sanctions" against the Netherlands for canceling his flight and Erdogan suggested the country may retaliate against Dutch flights.

He is targeting expat voters in European countries with high Turkish populations, such as the Netherlands and Germany.

Mr Cavusoglu had previously said that the Netherlands was treating Turkish citizens like hostages in hindering their contact with Ankara.

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Mr Rutte warned in a statement that the Turkish threat of sanctions made "the search for a reasonable solution impossible".

Mnister of Family and Social Affairs, Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya has been blocked from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam on Saturday, a move that sent the relationship between Turkey and Netherlands to its lowest point.

On Saturday, the Dutch government said it had withdrawn landing permission for Cavusoglu's plane because of "risks to public order and security".

In response to the decision to cancel the rally in Rotterdam, President Erdoğan called the Dutch "Nazi remnants and fascists".

While Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded that Turkey release a jailed German-Turkish reporter whom Erdogan has described as a spy, Ankara is pressing Germany to extradite fugitive military officers involved in the coup attempt.

Germany is home to 1.4 million people eligible to vote in Turkey's referendum on April 16.

The legal opinion criticized the Turkish parliament's approval of the amendments when several deputies from the second-largest opposition party were in jail.

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