Amnesty International mocks Turkish FM's 'undesirable' visit to Netherlands

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a news conference at Ataturk International airport in Istanbul, Turkey, after the Dutch government revoked his landing permission, March 11, 2017.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted angrily, threatening to respond in kind against diplomats from the Netherlands and describing the Dutch as "Nazi remnants" and "fascists".

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday blasted the Dutch denial of his entry by air as a "scandal from every angle and unacceptable", while another Turkish minister chose to enter the Netherlands by land amid a worsening diplomatic row.

Earlier Saturday, in an interview with private broadcaster CNN Turk, Cavusoglu said: "If the Netherlands cancels my flight permit, our sanctions to the Netherlands would be heavy".

Officials in several major European cities have banned rallies by senior Turkish politicians to promote a a constitutional referendum among members of Turkey's European diaspora.

Later on Saturday, Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reacting to flight cancellation, called the Dutch "Nazi remnants" and "fascists" and suggested that Dutch diplomats would be prevented from traveling to Turkey.

The Turkish Foreign ministry has asked the Dutch ambassador to Turkey to extend his leave and not return to his position "for some time", amid a heated row over rally bans, DailySabah reported. "That makes the search for a reasonable solution impossible." the Dutch government said.

They do not know politics or global diplomacy...these Nazi remnants, they are fascists. Despite the Turkish leadership's efforts a number of pre-voting rallies were cancelled in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Opponents say the change would push Turkey toward one-man rule and the erosion of basic rights and freedoms.

The ban drew strong criticism from the Turkish government.

Other ministers spoke of possible sanctions against Holland and a Dutch diplomat was summoned to the foreign minister in Ankara for a reprimand.

Relations between Turkey and European countries have deteriorated since last July's attempted coup in Turkey.

  • Kyle Peterson