Rotterdam (Netherlands) (AFP) – Protests erupted in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam late Saturday outside the Turkish consulate amid a row with Ankara after Dutch authorities banned the visits of Turkish ministers.
More than 1,000 people waving Turkish flags gathered on the street leading to the consulate, AFP correspondents saw, as tensions rocketed over rallies abroad to help Ankara gain backing for an April referendum vote.
“The people are very angry tonight. They feel that their freedom of expression has been denied. We are demonstrating because we want to hear our ministers speak,” Said Marti, 50, from Rotterdam, told AFP.
Asking not to be identified, the 40-year-old from Arnhem said more people were on their way to demonstrate from other countries such as Belgium, Germany and France. “This is not going to stop,” he added.