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Turkey, Netherlands on high alert after protests

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 01:43

Turkey and the Netherlands remain vigilant the morning after protests in Turkey and the Netherlands over the Dutch decision to bar Turkish ministers from campaigning amongst Turkish emigres ahead of April's referendum turned violent. Emily Wither reports.

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There was meant to be a rally but instead this happened. Police using force to break up demonstrations outside the Turkish embassy in Rotterdam. So how did it turn in to this? First on Saturday Turkey attempted to send its foreign minister to the Netherlands to hold a rally among Dutch-Turkish immigrants. It was in support of a referendum campaign which aims to give President Erdogan new powers. The Netherlands, had asked the minister not to come, revoking landing permission for his plane. As the spat escalated the Turkish President threatened the Netherlands with economic sanctions - calling the Dutch government "Nazi remnants and fascists." Later Saturday, Turkey's family affairs minister traveled from Germany and attempted to address a large crowd in Rotterdam. She was stopped by Dutch police, declared an undesirable alien and escorted back to the German border. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH FAMILY MINISTER, FATMA BETUL SAYAN KAYA, SAYING: "We were taken out of the vehicle and taken to a police station on border with Germany with police escort. We were held at police station for 1.5 hours. We were dished out very harsh and rude treatment. " Then this happened - as around two thousand Erdogan supporters took to the streets. With just days until a Dutch election Prime Minister, Mark Rutte says he's doing everything to 'de-escalate' the fall out. The government had said any rallies would stoke tensions before polling day - it may be too late for that.

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Turkey, Netherlands on high alert after protests

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 01:43