Turkish Protesters Rally Outside Consulate in Rotterdam Amid Diplomatic Row With Dutch Government

After Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was barred by Dutch authorities from landing in Rotterdam on March 11 for a political rally geared towards Turkish expatriates, hundreds rallied against the decision at the Rotterdam Turkish Consulate.

After Cavusoglu’s travel was banned, Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya attempted to drive from Germany to Rotterdam. She was temporarily held at the border before being allowed to continue her journey into Rotterdam, according to reports.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan referred to the Dutch as a Nazi remnant, while accusing the Dutch government of treating Turkish migrant workers in the Netherlands poorly. Turkish police have closed off the Istanbul residence of the Dutch Consul-General, while the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul is currently under heavy police protection due to an escalating protest outside.

Far-right Dutch politician Geert Welders, who is campaigning to become the country’s next Prime MInister, issued his own response to the diplomatic row, saying that all Turks “should go back to Turkey and never come back.”

The dispute largely surfaced around Turkey’s diplomatic ties to its expatriate community in the Netherlands, where politicians are attempting to hold rallies to campaign in support of the upcoming Turkish referendum on sweeping national security measures. Credit: Twitter/Mansur Karadavut via Storyful