Ankara/rotterdam: president tayyip erdogan stated on sunday the netherlands turned into acting like a “banana republic” and should face sanctions for barring turkish ministers from speaking in rotterdam, fuelling a row over ankara’s political campaigning abroad.
Erdogan is seeking to the massive number of turks living in europe, mainly in germany and the netherlands, to help secure victory next month in a referendum that could supply the presidency sweeping new powers.
In a speech in france, foreign minister mevlut cavusoglu defined the netherlands because the “capital of fascism” because it joined different eu nations in preventing turkish politicians keeping rallies, due to fears that tensions in turkey may spill over into their expatriate communities.
The dutch government barred cavusoglu from flying to rotterdam on saturday and later stopped own family minister fatma betul sayan kaya from entering the turkish consulate there, earlier than escorting her in another country to germany.
Dutch police used dogs and water cannon on sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters waving turkish flags outdoor the consulate in rotterdam. A few threw bottles and stones and several demonstrators were crushed with the aid of police with batons, a reuters witness said. Hooked up police officers charged the crowd.
The dutch government – set to lose about 1/2 its seats in elections this week, according to polls, as the anti-islam party of geert wilders makes sturdy gains – said the visits were undesirable and it would no longer cooperate of their campaigning.
“i name on all international enterprises in europe and some place else to impose sanctions at the netherlands,” erdogan said, after his top minister earlier stated turkey would retaliate inside the “harshest approaches”, with out specifying how.
“has europe said some thing? No. Why? Due to the fact they do not chew each different. The netherlands are performing like a banana republic,” erdogan stated in a speech in kocaeli province, close to istanbul.
“nazism giant in west”
An afternoon earlier, erdogan described the netherlands as “nazi remnants” and lower back to the subject matter on sunday by way of announcing “nazism remains good sized within the west” in what dutch top minister mark rutte stated had been inflammatory remarks.
“we ended up in a totally extraordinary state of affairs wherein a nato best friend…With whom we’ve ancient ties, robust change members of the family, is performing in a very unacceptable, irresponsible manner,” rutter informed journalists.
Instead of the netherlands apologising for refusing the turkish ministers access, turkey’s president should express regret for evaluating the netherlands to fascists and nazis, he stated.
The row risked spreading on sunday as denmark’s prime minister lars lokke rasmussen proposed postponing a deliberate visit by means of yildirim this month because of the dispute.
The french foreign ministry entreated calm and stated there had been no purpose to prohibit a assembly in france among cavusoglu and a neighborhood turkish association.
Supporting rutte’s selection to ban the visits, the dutch government stated there has been a threat of turkish political divisions flowing over into its own turkish minority, which has both seasoned- and anti-erdogan camps.
The diplomatic row comes in the run-up to subsequent week’s dutch election wherein the mainstream parties are under robust stress from wilders’ birthday celebration for freedom (pvv).
Specialists stated it was too early to inform how activities in rotterdam might affect the election. “if there is any impact, however, it’s miles likely that geert wilders and his pvv birthday celebration will earnings most,” stated leiden university professor of electoral studies joop van holsteijn.
After turkey’s circle of relatives minister become escorted into germany, wilders tweeted: “depart and in no way come lower back”.
The dutch authorities stated public order and protection issues in retreating touchdown rights for cavusoglu’s flight and turkey fired again announcing the dutch ambassador to ankara need to not go back from go away “for a while”.
Hundreds of protesters accrued out of doors the dutch embassy in ankara and consulate in istanbul. Police sealed off each web sites.
German chancellor angela merkel has said she will be able to do all she will to save you turkey’s domestic tensions spreading onto german territory. Austria and switzerland have also cancelled turkish rallies due to the escalating dispute.
European parliament vp alexander graff lambsdorff demanded a ban on turkish ministers campaigning in the eu.
“the european union have to agree on a line that turkish ministers are not allowed to campaign inside the european,” he stated.
“the dutch are displaying how it’s far finished, the german authorities pussyfoots round … In that manner turkey can try to play one united states of america off the alternative,” he told die welt newspaper.