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Ankara vows 'strong response' over Dutch barring of Turkish ministers

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Turkey will ‘respond strongly’ to what it called the ‘unacceptable treatment’ of Turkish ministers who were prevented from speaking in the Netherlands.

In a written statement the prime minister said: “Our so-called European friends who speak of democracy, freedom of expression and human rights have failed their class.”

Echoing scenes outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, protesters gathered outside the Dutch embassy in Ankara.

“Our people are gathered here against the Dutch government’s behaviour to the Turkish authorities that is irrational, unethical and that does not suit diplomatic rules,” said the chief advisor to the president Sukru Kartepe.

In Istanbul, hundreds of people also gathered to protest against the Dutch decision.

“What can I think of this,” asked one protester. “This is already a shame for Europe. It’s such a big shame. This is the moment of democracy hitting rock bottom. It is unacceptable that a Turkish minister, or any minister, is given such treatment,” he continued.

The spiralling feud also saw Turkey closing off the residences of Dutch ambassador, charge d’affaires, and consul general. The Turkish foreign ministry said it didn’t want the Dutch ambassador, currently on leave, to return for some time.

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