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Turkey: Dutch flag swapped for Turkish flag at Dutch consulate, Istanbul, as tensions mount00:41

Turkey: Dutch flag swapped for Turkish flag at Dutch consulate, Istanbul, as tensions mount

Turkey, Istanbul
March 12, 2017 at 11:52 GMT -00:00 · Published

An unidentified man allegedly swapped a Dutch flag for a Turkish flag at the Dutch consulate in Istanbul, Sunday. The incident comes amid a diplomatic spat between the two countries, which was sparked by the Dutch government's barring Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from landing in Rotterdam where he was due to hold a campaign rally.

Turkish sources claim that the Turkish flag was raised with the permission of the Dutch consulate since they allege it was impossible to enter the compound due to heightened security measures. A large number of police officers have been deployed to secure the territory of the embassy since Saturday night as hundreds of protesters have been marching on the Dutch consulate to protest the Dutch government's decision.

Cavusoglu had intended to hold a rally in Rotterdam in a bid to garner support for a 'Yes' vote in Turkey's upcoming referendum on its constitution, but permission for the event was revoked.

Following the decision from Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government to bar Cavusolgu, Turkish Minister for Family and Social Policy Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was sent in his stead from Germany. She was blocked from speaking at the rally and was later escorted back to Germany by police. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has compared the Dutch administration to Nazis for their refusal to host Turkish diplomats, threatening diplomatic and economic measures.

Turkey: Dutch flag swapped for Turkish flag at Dutch consulate, Istanbul, as tensions mount00:41
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An unidentified man allegedly swapped a Dutch flag for a Turkish flag at the Dutch consulate in Istanbul, Sunday. The incident comes amid a diplomatic spat between the two countries, which was sparked by the Dutch government's barring Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from landing in Rotterdam where he was due to hold a campaign rally.

Turkish sources claim that the Turkish flag was raised with the permission of the Dutch consulate since they allege it was impossible to enter the compound due to heightened security measures. A large number of police officers have been deployed to secure the territory of the embassy since Saturday night as hundreds of protesters have been marching on the Dutch consulate to protest the Dutch government's decision.

Cavusoglu had intended to hold a rally in Rotterdam in a bid to garner support for a 'Yes' vote in Turkey's upcoming referendum on its constitution, but permission for the event was revoked.

Following the decision from Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government to bar Cavusolgu, Turkish Minister for Family and Social Policy Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was sent in his stead from Germany. She was blocked from speaking at the rally and was later escorted back to Germany by police. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has compared the Dutch administration to Nazis for their refusal to host Turkish diplomats, threatening diplomatic and economic measures.

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