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On Saturday, March 11, the Rotterdam authorities denied Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu permission to hold a rally, during which he planned to persuade Dutch citizens with dual citizenship to support changes to the Turkish constitution.
The Dutch authorities said that the holding of a political campaign in their country by Turkish politicians "is undesirable," and called for "finding an acceptable solution." In response, Mr. Çavuşoğlu announced his intention to visit Rotterdam despite all odds.
However, the lecture did not take place, as the Dutch government refused to let the plane of Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu into the country.
In response, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a rally in Istanbul, called the Dutch authorities "fascists and remnants of Nazism". And just the day before, Erdogan accused Germany of "Nazi practices", which, like the Netherlands, opposed the Turkish politicians campaigning before the upcoming referendum on expanding the powers of the Turkish president.
Those who disagreed with the actions of the Dutch authorities that did not allow Turkish officials to enter the country, gathered near the building of the Consulate General of Turkey in Rotterdam. The most numerous rally gathered under the doors of the odious Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.
Minister for Family and Social Policy of Turkey, Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, tried to get to this building, but the police stopped her car.
The minister planned to speak to the Dutch Turks, bypassing the decisions of local authorities. However, law enforcement authorities refused to allow her access to the demonstrators and blocked the entrance to the building of the consulate. The Dutch authorities declared her "an undesirable alien." Later, Kaya, accompanied by the Dutch police, was deported back to Germany.
Turkey in response blocked the diplomatic missions of the Netherlands.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim criticized the actions of the Dutch authorities, who did not let Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya to talk to the demonstrators in Rotterdam. He also added that Turkey's response would be tough.