Dutch Riot police break Pro Erdogan rally
Mar 12, Amstradam: The Dutch riot police have broken up a rally in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hours after a minister was refused entry to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.
Protesters were reportedly throwing bottles and mobbing police cars, Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, Turkey's minister of family and social policies, had arrived by road on Saturday ahead of a rally planned to help harness the votes of Turks living in the Netherlands.
Fatma Betül Kaya Sayan tweeted updates as she was escorted out of the country.But when she arrived, Dutch authorities refused to allow her entry to the consulate, sparking a stream of angry tweets.Kaya was then escorted by police to the German border, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte confirmed early on Sunday morning.
Turkey is holding a referendum on 16 April on whether to turn from a parliamentary to a presidential republic, more akin to the United States.
If successful, it would give sweeping new powers to the president, allowing them to appoint ministers, prepare the budget, choose the majority of senior judges and enact certain laws by decree.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the Netherlands asked Turkey to desist as they feared "compromised public order and security".
The Oslo Times International News Network