The President of Turkey has called the Dutch “Nazi remnants, fascists” in a stunning outburst with the countries locked in diplomatic row.
President Tayyip Erdogan made the comments this morning, after the Dutch government withdrew permission for his Foreign Minister’s plane to land there.
On Friday, Rotterdam city authorities withdrew permission for Mevlut Cavusoglu to attend a rally in support for President Erdogan’s plans for extended powers, which is to be put to a referendum next month.
The Dutch say Cavusoglu’s visit would be a threat to public order. Several other Euroepan cities have banned such meetings to be attended by Turkish officials.
Cavusoglu’s had also made a threat hours earlier of political and economic sanctions against the Nethderlands by Turkey if travel permission was withdrawn.
The Dutch are due to vote in a national election on Wednesday, in which anti-immigration sentiment has played a prominent role.