Sky News:-Turkey’s president has warned the Netherlands it will “pay a price” after expelling one of his ministers.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would retaliate after family affairs minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was prevented from speaking at a rally in Rotterdam and was later expelled from the country.
Also this weekend, The Hague refused to allow a plane carrying foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to land ahead of a planned rally.
The Netherlands is home to about 400,000 people of Turkish origin.Mr Erdogan is looking to gain support from them and other Turks in Europe ahead of the 16 April referendum that could give him sweeping new powers, a response to last year’s attempted coup.
But the Dutch authorities view the referendum as a step away from democracy and have told Ankara to keep its ministers away.
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”.
The Netherlands is not the only European country that has called off Turkey’s campaigning events – Germany cancelled a series of them, four were axed in Austria and one in Switzerland.
“The West has clearly shown its true face in the last couple of days,” Mr Erdogan said.
“What we have seen in the last days is a clear manifestations of Islamophobia.”
After being turned away from the Netherlands, Mr Cavusoglu flew to France, where he spoke to more than 100 people in the city of Metz.