Pro-Turkey protestors cleared from Amsterdam square late Sunday night


The Dutch military police (ME) forcefully ended a protest in Amsterdam by Turkish-Dutch people against the treatment of Turkish ministers by the Dutch government Sunday night.

The military police cleared Plein 40-45 square in Amsterdam occupied by around 200 people around 10.45 p.m.(2145 GMT). Mayor Van der Laan had allowed the protest for a large part of the day.

Six people were arrested, according to national broadcaster NOS. Following random protests, a group of around 200 Turkish-Dutch people moved their protest to Dam Square in central Amsterdam in the evening.

The demonstrators carrying portraits of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waved Turkish flags. The protest was largely peaceful in Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, a protest, which was called for on social media in The Hague, did not take place, nor was another one that had been urged to be held in Rotterdam.

The tensions between The Netherlands and Turkey peaked Saturday night after a convoy of Turkish Minister of Family Affairs Fatma Betul Kaya Sayan was halted for hours close to the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam.

Kaya entered the country at the German-Dutch border by car and drove straight to the consulate in Rotterdam. Near the consulate, her car was stopped by the police. She was later moved back to Germany under the Dutch police’ escort.

Kaya had planned to visit the Turkish consulate to speak at a rally for a stronger position for President Erdogan in the Turkish referendum on April 16.

After she left Rotterdam, the protestors clashed with the police. Sixteen were arrested. The arrested protestors were released on Sunday.

Earlier on Saturday, the Dutch government withdrew the landing rights for the plane of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who had the same intention as Kaya. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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