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Belgium: Turkish community clashes

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Belgium: Turkish community clashes

<p>Four people have reportedly been injured outside the Turkish Consulate in Brussels after clashes between supporters and opponents of the Turkish Government. Some protesters chanted “Erdogan’s a fascist” and “release our friends”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VIDEO?src=hash">#VIDEO</a>: Protestors outside Turkish Consulate in Brussels shout “Terrorist Erdogan” after knife attack on 3 Kurds – <a href="https://t.co/slPwmo801T">https://t.co/slPwmo801T</a> <a href="https://t.co/vQbScwn5JL">pic.twitter.com/vQbScwn5JL</a></p>— Kom News (@KomNewsCom) <a href="https://twitter.com/KomNewsCom/status/847491420508241921">March 30, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The clashes erupted as the Turkish diaspora take to the polls to vote in a controversial referendum that could see President Erdogan’s powers greatly expanded. Constitutional law experts from The Venice Commision, a European Council watchdog described the referendum as potentially ‘the road to autocracy’ and ‘a one-person regime’.</p> <p>Three of the injured reportedly suffered stab wounds and one person is in a critical condition.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Three Turkish-Kurds wounded by Erdogan supporters in a brawl in front of Turkish Consulate in Brussels before vote. <a href="https://t.co/PT5odYxnF9">https://t.co/PT5odYxnF9</a> <a href="https://t.co/LDxVwf1iuw">pic.twitter.com/LDxVwf1iuw</a></p>— Abdullah Ayasun (@abyasun) <a href="https://twitter.com/abyasun/status/847541223380406273">March 30, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>One protester announced:<br /> “We have friends inside [the consulate]. If something, anything happens to our friends who are on duty on the ballot boxes, they [Turkish officials] have to know that we can bring the consulate crashing down on their heads.”</p> <p>Turkish-European relations have been on rocky ground after the Turkish government’s attempt to rally support among ex-pats in Europe. Erdogan reacted furiously when Germany, the Netherlands restricted political rallies on their soil amid fears of growing tension.</p> <p>Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel condemned the violence, publishing on twitter: “The Belgian government has absolute zero tolerance for any spillovers from the Turkish referendum. I condemn the riots at the embassy in Brussels.”</p>