Rotterdam: emergency order over Turkish protest
The mayor of Rotterdam issued an emergency order late Saturday in an attempt to contain a pro-Turkish demonstration outside the consulate which has turned into a flashpoint of the worsening relations between the Netherlands and Turkey.
Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said he needed special powers to assure security throughout the center of the city fearing that more people.
Earlier Dutch authorities declared a Turkish cabinet minister an “undesirable alien” and detained her Saturday, local media reported, after the Turkish official was stopped 30 meters away from the Turkish consulate in the Dutch city of Rotterdam and prevented from entering the building.
According to local media, police escorted Family minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya back to the German border, after she travelled to Rotterdam by road earlier after the Dutch government barred Turkey’s foreign minister from flying there.
Dutch authorities having clearly expressed their objection of making use out of their country for Turkish President’s Erdogan rally, however they were not heard by Turkish politicians. Ankara is conducting a political campaigning throughout the Turkish diaspora in Europe, while several EU countries have banned referendum meetings on public order grounds.