Erdogan slams Dutch over Cavusoglu ban

Cavusoglu denounced "fascist practices" by the Dutch government against rallies aimed at gathering support among Turkish citizens in the Netherlands in the April 16 referendum on giving executive powers to Erdogan.

"A part of the European Union countries, unfortunately, can not tolerate the rise of Turkey, and Germany is right at the top [of the list]".

In a statement issued early on Sunday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey had told Dutch authorities it would retaliate in the "harshest ways" and "respond in kind to this unacceptable behaviour". Abet terrorists in your country however much you like. Stand by the Netherlands as you like.

"Turkey has no obligation at this stage to continue the agreement since the European Union has failed to comply with it", he said.

Turkey's Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya appeared at the scene after reportedly travelling overland from Germany, but Turkish TV said she was stopped by Dutch police some 30 metres (yards) short of the consulate.

Speaking to reporters in the French city of Metz, Cavusoglu said that the Dutch government was against the Turkish referendum because "they don't want a stable, strong and free Turkey", Anadolu Agency reports.

"With the current Turkish attacks on the Netherlands the meeting can not be seen separated from that", he was quoted as saying in an official press release.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag warned Monday that Turkey would do "what it is able" under worldwide law against the Netherlands.

Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseouglu, reporting from Istanbul, said there were no protests in the city and that there were hopes the situtation between the two countries would be resolved soon. "These Nazi remnants, they are fascists".

The deputy prime minister described the ministers' treatment as "footsteps of the far-right, of the neo-fascism and neo-Nazism that has been on the rise in Europe in the past five or six years". "That's their understanding of the Vienna Convention", Erdogan said.

Signed in 1961, the Vienna Convention is an global treaty that defines a framework for diplomatic relations between independent countries.

It also specifies the privileges of a diplomatic mission that enable diplomats to perform their function without fear of coercion or harassment by the host country, according to the treaty.

Mr Erdogan is hoping to drum up support from Turks overseas ahead of a key referendum that would significantly increase his presidential powers.

"What could be more lovely than this?" The Dutch prime minister said he wanted the Netherlands to turn the tide of populism in this week's parliamentary election.

He slammed the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu for misinforming the nation on the proposed amendments.

"I understand that they are angry but this is way out of line", he said.

"Many Dutch people with a Turkish background are authorised to vote in the referendum over the Turkish constitution".

The constitutional changes have been discussed since Erdogan was voted president in August 2014.

The referendum takes place in the aftermath of a civil service purge in Turkey, with 100,000 diplomats, civil servants, military officers, academics, and journalists removed from the posts and, at times, arrested. It would also empower the president to hire and fire ministers. General elections will be held on March 15.



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