Turkish foreign minister says he will go to Rotterdam despite bans on campaigning in Europe

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he would visit the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday despite an official ban on him addressing a rally of Turks there backing the granting of new powers to President Tayyip Erdogan.

Cavusoglu said the Dutch government was effectively taking Turkish citizens hostage by banning the rally. It was the latest of a series of bans on campaigning in Europe, largely Germany, by Turkish leaders for an April referendum on Erdogan’s powers.

“These people are not your captives,” he said in an interview with CNN Turk television.

Cavusoglu said if the Netherlands refused him permission to

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