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Dutch PM wants apology for Turkish leader Erdogan's 'Nazi' claim

A diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands escalates, after two Turkish ministers are prevented from addressing a rally.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has demanded an apology after Turkey's president compared his country's behaviour to "Nazism".

Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Sunday to retaliate after two of his ministers were prevented from holding rallies to win support in a referendum on expanding his power.

Turkish family affairs minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was prevented from speaking at a rally in Rotterdam, and The Hague refused to allow a plane carrying foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to land ahead of a planned rally.

Mr Erdogan was speaking at a ceremony in Istanbul on Sunday when he said: "Hey Holland! If you are sacrificing Turkish-Dutch relations for the sake of the elections on Wednesday, you will pay a price."

He had said on Saturday that the Dutch behaviour over the Turkish visits was "Nazism" and "fascism", adding that the Dutch "will pay the price of treating my citizens, my foreign minister...in an impudent way".

Mr Rutte described the "inflammatory remarks" as "unacceptable".


"Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
"If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer


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