Turkish minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya decries ‘harsh treatment’ by Dutch authorities
Mar 12, Ankara: The Dutch police have mistreated a Turkish delegation, Turkey’s expelled family minister said upon her return in Istanbul.
This move by the Dutch has been criticized by the Turkish President Erdogan who has accused the Dutch of "sacrificing Turkish-Dutch relations for the sake of the elections on Wednesday.
While, threatening to travel to rallies abroad himself, he added: "The West has clearly shown its true face in the last couple of days. What we have seen... is a clear manifestations of Islamophobia.
The family minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya also pointed out that she had diplomatic immunity and that the Turkish consulate where she was expected to speak was “part of our homeland and we do not need to get permission to enter it. The family minister was visiting Rotterdam to speak at an event organized to stir up support among emigre Turks for a referendum on expanding the powers of Turkey’s president.
"We were taken to the police headquarters and stayed there for 1.5 hours, and we were given very harsh and rude treatment,” Kaya said, noting “the European attitude towards a female minister three days after the International Women’s Day is a tragicomedy.”
Meanwhile, the Turkish PM has threatened a retaliation, "we strongly protest moves made by the Dutch authorities. Ankara will retaliate harshly. Pressure on Turkey and on a minister who has diplomatic immunity is unacceptable," PM Yildirim said, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.
The Oslo Times International News Network