Turkey claims holy conflict “to end all holy wars” will quickly start in Europe following the defeat of far-right chief Geert Wilders within the Netherlands elections.
Turkey’s international minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, mentioned he didn’t welcome the victory for Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).
“Now the election is over within the Netherlands…if you take a look at the various events you see there isn’t a distinction between the social democrats and fascist Wilders,” he said. “All have the identical mentality. Where will you go? Where are you taking Europe? You have begun to break down Europe. You are dragging Europe into the abyss. Holy wars will quickly start in Europe.”
Mr Wilders tried to capitalise on an ongoing diplomatic row between the Netherlands and Turkey throughout his election marketing campaign, main a small protest outdoors the nation’s embassy and calling Mr Erdogan a “dictator”.
His anti-Islam Party for Freedom got here second within the Dutch election with 20 seats, in comparison with 33 for Mr Rutte’s VVD, and is prone to be excluded from coalition talks.
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron hailed the consequence as a victory for “progressives”, whereas German Chancellor Angela Merkel known as Mr Rutte to congratulate him in a single day.
The dispute over political campaigning for a constitutional referendum in Turkey has intensified since a rally to be held by Mr Cavusoglu in Rotterdam was cancelled on Saturday.
Dutch authorities withdrew permission for the international minister’s aircraft to land when he vowed to go to the nation regardless, sparking a sequence of tit-for-tat sanctions.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and outstanding ministers have known as the Dutch authorities “fascists” and “Nazis”, whereas EU leaders have known as the allegations offensive and “detached from reality”.
Turkish hackers unfold the Nazi accusations throughout excessive profile Twitter accounts on Wednesday morning, posting pro-Erdogan messages and a hyperlink to the President talking from accounts together with Unicef USA, Amnesty International, BBC North America, Forbes and Justin Bieber’s Japanese account.
“A little bit of an Ottoman Slap to you, see you on 16 April,” learn the an identical tweets, utilizing the hashtags #NaziGermany and #NaziHolland.
The dispute has sparked protests in Turkey and throughout Europe, whereas Turkish-backed rebels in Syria put out a video accusing the Dutch authorities of being swayed by the ideology of Mr Wilders’ “xenophobic and racist” Party for Freedom (PVV).
A protester scaled the Dutch consulate in Istanbul and changed the nationwide flag with the Turkish banner throughout demonstrations on Sunday, whereas Turkish protesters have been photographed stabbing oranges and holding indicators studying “fascist Holland”.
Ankara additionally halted high-level talks with Dutch authorities officers on Monday and closed its airspace to the nation’s diplomats, whereas repeating threats to scrap a deal struck with the EU final 12 months to sluggish the movement of refugees to Greece.
Nazi allegations have been initially levelled on the German authorities by Mr Erdogan after a number of cities cancelled deliberate rallies.
At least 4 German native authorities have withdrawn permission for pro-Erdogan marketing campaign occasions, in addition to areas of Austria and Switzerland.
Allies of the Turkish President are focusing on greater than 1,000,000 Turkish voters residing in Europe who might be eligible to solid a poll within the vote on 16 April.
The referendum might see Turkey’s parliamentary system changed with an government presidency utilizing constitutional amendments which have alarmed human rights teams by granting sweeping powers to Mr Erdogan.
All rally cancellations have cited security and administrative points however have been linked to concern over a crackdown seeing hundreds of individuals detained in Turkey following an tried coup in July.