Turkey's president describes Dutch as 'Nazi remnants and fascists' amid rally row

Turkey's president describes Dutch as 'Nazi remnants and fascists' amid rally row

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has retaliated, branding his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner a "Nazi remnant", prompting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to label such a comment "way out of line".

The fact that "a Turkish minister wants to speak about such a national topic, on a referendum that moves in the wrong direction, further away from democracy, to Turks that are also Dutch citizens, we find the whole thing undesirable", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also warned Turkey would impose heavy sanctions if his visits were blocked.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires Saturday following the decision to bar Cavusoglu's flight. The incident followed rally bans in several other European countries.

However it said Mr Cavusoglu's threat hours earlier of political and economic sanctions if travel permission were withdrawn made the search for a reasonable solution impossible.

The Turkish Minister for Family and Social Policy, Fatma Bethul Sayan Kaya, will soon arrive to Rotterdam in connection with the ban on the entry to the Netherlands of Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

"You can stop our foreign minister's plane all you want, let's see how your planes will come to Turkey from now on", he said.

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Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb on Friday told reporters that the minister would not be allowed to hold a public rally.

The Dutch government cited public order and security concerns in withdrawing landing rights for Mr Cavusoglu's flight.

A spokesman for the Dutch government added:'Many Dutch people with a Turkish background are authorised to vote in the referendum over the Turkish constitution, ' it said.

According to Politico, there are 1.5 million people eligible to vote in Turkey's referendum now living in Germany.

Erdogan accused the Netherlands of working against the "Yes" campaign and said: "Pressure however much you like".

A spokesman for the President lambasted the bans, claiming they revealed a "tragicomedy" on attitudes towards the Turkish government and interference in the referendum.

Erdogan has used last year's coup as one of the reasons why he needs the new powers.

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