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Turkey: Dutch authorities 'trampled on' freedom of speech - says rejected Turkish Minister01:51

Turkey: Dutch authorities 'trampled on' freedom of speech - says rejected Turkish Minister

Turkey, Istanbul
March 12, 2017 at 13:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

Turkish Minister for Family and Social Policy Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya spoke to the press from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, on Sunday, where she relayed her experience of being prevented from entering into her country's consulate in Rotterdam.

She said, "We were kept for about one and half an hours at the border. Than we took our consulate's car and returned to Germany, where we took a flight back here.''

Kaya went on to criticise the decision the Dutch government took, saying, "Freedom of speech and the right to assembly have been trampled on last night. All freedoms were hanging in the air in Netherlands last night."

After Kaya was prevented access to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, she was taken to the Dutch-German border. She was stopped from speaking to a group of Turkish demonstrators in Rotterdam on Saturday. Kaya returned to Turkey through Cologne Bonn Airport early on Sunday morning.

Turkey: Dutch authorities 'trampled on' freedom of speech - says rejected Turkish Minister01:51
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Turkish Minister for Family and Social Policy Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya spoke to the press from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, on Sunday, where she relayed her experience of being prevented from entering into her country's consulate in Rotterdam.

She said, "We were kept for about one and half an hours at the border. Than we took our consulate's car and returned to Germany, where we took a flight back here.''

Kaya went on to criticise the decision the Dutch government took, saying, "Freedom of speech and the right to assembly have been trampled on last night. All freedoms were hanging in the air in Netherlands last night."

After Kaya was prevented access to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, she was taken to the Dutch-German border. She was stopped from speaking to a group of Turkish demonstrators in Rotterdam on Saturday. Kaya returned to Turkey through Cologne Bonn Airport early on Sunday morning.

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