Erdogan: Dutch are 'Nazi remnants' for banning foreign minister

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

"You can stop our foreign minister's plane all you want, let's see how your diplomatic planes will come to Turkey from now on", Mr Erdoğan.

Initially, Cavusoglu was to speak at a rally organized by Ankara to promote the referendum on amending the Turkish constitution among Turks living in the Netherlands.

Mr Cavusoglu had threatened economic sanctions against the Netherlands if his landing rights were rescinded, after he had been forced to address Turkish citizens in Hamburg from an embassy balcony after local Germany authorities cancelled rallies there citing public safety.

The Netherlands, however, canceled the flight clearance for Çavuşoğlu's aircraft on Saturday shortly after he warned that Turkey would impose "harsh sanctions" on Holland if it were to take such a step. The incident followed rally bans in several other European countries.

"They do not know politics or global diplomacy", said Erdogan and added, "these Nazi remnants, they are fascists" with the crowds booing.

Mevlut Cavusoglu was hoping to attend a Rotterdam rally in support of a Turkish referendum which would give Erdogan new powers. "That makes the search for a reasonable solution impossible", he said.

The Turkish Family Minister Fatma Sahin announced she will arrive to the rally by auto and the Turkish Foreign Minister has declared that "Holland's actions will have repercussions".

"Great! Thanks to heavy PVV- pressure a few days before the Dutch elections our government did NOT allow the Turkish minister to land here", Wilders wrote.

A spokesman for the President lambasted the bans, claiming they revealed a "tragicomedy" on attitudes towards the Turkish government and interference in the referendum.

Earlier this week, the cancellations in Germany led Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to accuse Berlin of "Nazi practices".

Relations between Ankara and the European Union have deteriorated significantly in the previous year amid the arrest of thousands of people in purges and security crackdowns after an attempted coup in July.

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