Turkish leadership vowed to retaliate in the “harshest ways” after their ministers were denied a rally in Rotterdam in support of President Erdogan, degenerated in riots of Turkish diaspora on Saturday night.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared the Netherlands a “capital of fascism”, joining the other European countries in blocking Turkish politicians to rally due to fears that tensions in Turkey might contaminate their communities.
The Dutch government rejected Cavusoglu the visit to Rotterdam on Saturday, 13/03/2017, and denied the similar request to Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, who completely ignored it, and upon her own initiative entered The Netherlands by car, crossing German border. She also attempted to enter the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, however Dutch police managed to block the attempt, and escorted her out of the country to Germany with the status of ‘persona non grata’.
Dutch police used anti-riot dogs and water cannons on Sunday early hours to disperse hundreds of protesters waving Turkish flags outside the consulate in Rotterdam. Some became violent, throwing bottles and stones into police agents and vehicles.
Many observes consider the tough response of Prime Minister Mark Rutte a necessity ahead of the general elections of the 15th of March, when he enters a competition with his major rival from Freedom Party (PVV) Geert Wilders.
“If you can sacrifice Turkish-Dutch relations for an election on Wednesday, you will pay the price,” Erdogan said in a speech at an awards ceremony in Istanbul.
“I thought Nazism was dead, but I was wrong. Nazism is still widespread in the West,” he added “The West has shown its true face.”
Speaking to reporters before a public appearance in the northeastern French city of Metz, Cavusoglu said Turkey would continue to act against the Netherlands until it apologizes.
At present 153 journalists, 13 elected MPs, 80 elected mayors, countless activists jailed in Turkey. The Dutch government does not accept lessons on democracy from president Erdogan and his crowned, however Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he would do everything to “de-escalate” the confrontation, which he described as the worst the Netherlands had experienced for years.