This mess started because Erdogan is looking at the large number of Turks living in Europe, especially in Germany and the Netherlands, to help secure victory in the April 16 referendum that would amend the Turkish constitution and would give the presidency sweeping new powers.
Video: Turkish minister expelled as Dutch police break up pro-Erdogan protest
The Netherlands, which holds general elections on Wednesday, had repeatedly said Cavusoglu was not welcome to campaign for Turkey’s April referendum in the country and refused his plane permission to land.
The Dutch decision to ban Cavusoglu from visiting came after Germany and other European nations also blocked similar campaign events. France24
The Netherlands’ refusaled to grant Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s airplane landing permission Saturday in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, where he was scheduled to address a “yes” rally.
But later, Turkey’s Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya appeared at the scene after reportedly travelling by car overland from Germany.
She was stopped just outside the consulate by Dutch police, and after several hours of negotiations escorted back to the German border. France24
Tensions simmered Sunday as the Dutch authorities expelled Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, sparking protests in Rotterdam Sunday. France24
On Saturday, Erdogan reacted angrily to the decision, accusing the Dutch of being “the vestiges of Nazis”.
“They are the vestiges of the Nazis, they are fascists,” Erdogan told an Istanbul rally on Saturday, days after he angrily compared moves to block similar rallies in Germany to “Nazi practices”.
The war of words continued Sunday when Erdogan called on “all international organisations” to impose sanctions on the Netherlands, who he said was behaving “like a banana republic”. France24
Video: Dutch riot police break up pro-Erdogan demonstration in Rotterdam
— Michael Horowitz (@michaelh992) March 12, 2017