Turkey warns the Dutch of future repercussions

The tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands have increased as the rally dispute unfolds. The Turkish Foreign Minister warned that the Dutch will face repercussions for rift.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

An unprecedented diplomatic crisis unfolds between two unexpected countries after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the Dutch government calling its members "Nazis” and “fascists.” As previously reported by JOL, Erdogan responded to the Netherlands' refusal to allow Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from landing in Rotterdam for an Erdogan support rally.  

The Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya announced she will travel to the rally by car and the Turkish Foreign Minister declared that "Holland's actions will have repercussions."

The Dutch hope to reach understanding Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Minister announced his plans to participate and speak at the rally in support of Erdogan scheduled for next month in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, which elicited a adverse response from the Dutch government.

Despite the ban, the foreign minister told the media: "If my going will increase tensions, let it be...I am a foreign minister and I can go wherever I want.” 

The Dutch Prime Minister said in response to the rift that although the two countries can find an acceptable solution, Turkey does not respect the country's laws regarding public gatherings. "There are many Turkish Dutch whose large assemblies will likely generate pressure on Dutch society. Thus, anyone who wants to organize a public rally must comply with our laws to protect national security."

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