Turkey referendum: Dutch are Nazi remnants, claims Erdogan

The Family Minister, who arrived in Turkey on Sunday, allegeded that she received "inhumane treatment" from Dutch authorities on her way to Germany.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Commission have called on Turkey and the Netherlands to "de-escalate" their diplomatic conflict, while German chancellor Angela Merkel said her Dutch neighbours had her "full support and solidarity". However, there is no evidence of a pan-EU policy to obstruct the meetings.

The country's vast European diaspora is a key constituency for the government.

"This rejection is also valid for our allies, such as the Netherlands".

"A part of the European Union countries, unfortunately, can not tolerate the rise of Turkey, and Germany is right at the top [of the list].

You are supporting terrorists", Erdogan said, adding that Turkey had sent Germany 4,500 files on terrorists, but Germany did nothing about it.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders had warned Thursday that his government would not facilitate Cavusoglu's visit.

Dutch officials, however, have prevented his ministers from attending and leading rallies in their country, partly because the Netherlands is in the middle of a general election campaign, with the vote coming this Wednesday.

A few days later, officials in Cologne did the same for Turkey's Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci. Both cited security concerns as the reason for the decision.

The Turkish-Dutch row triggered protests outside the Dutch embassy in Turkey's capital Ankara and consulate in Istanbul, as well as clashes with police early Sunday in Rotterdam during demonstrations near the Turkish consulate, and the arrest of at least six protestors on Sunday night in Amsterdam.

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Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, branded Dutch authorities "Nazi remnants and fascists".

Erdogan's wing in the Turkish government, the Justice and Development Party, is campaigning internationally for the reforms in European cities and towns with large Turkish populations.

Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires Daan Feddo Huising for the third day in a row Monday and presented him with two notes addressed to the Dutch government asking for a written apology and accusing the Hague of breaching the Vienna Convention on diplomacy.

Austria's social democrat chancellor said Erdogan's comments had crossed the Rubicon and wanted to ban similar rallies on the referendum in Austria.

Ankara has all along accused Europe of hypocrisy and Islamophobia by keeping it waiting at the EU's door while other less deserving countries are admitted.

This led to Mr. Erdoğan accusing the Dutch government of acting like "Nazis" and threatening harsh sanctions.

"As a minister holding a diplomatic passport, I don't have to get permission to come together with our citizens at our consulate, which is considered Turkish territory", said Kaya, who wears the Islamic headscarf.

It comes as Germany and the Netherlands revised travel advice for Turkey.

But the European Union commission said national governments have the full power to decide what rallies happen on their territories.

A gathering in France, however, went ahead after local officials said it did not pose a threat.

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