Turkish protestor in Rotterdam doesn’t fear arrest because he’s not in Turkey

Turkish pro-government protestors clashed with police on Saturday 11 March after Dutch authorities refused to allow a Turkish minister from attending a rally in support of the Turkish government’s constitutional reform referendum.

As clashes continued a protestor was recorded saying that he wouldn’t be arrested because ‘We are not in Turkey.’

Turkey has accused Dutch authorities of being “Nazi remnants” and “anti-democratic,” but critics have said Ankara has imprisoned more than 40,000 people following last year’s coup attempt.

A crackdown has also been carried out on the media, academia and judiciary by Turkish authorities.

Commentators have said escalation of tensions will favour right wing parties ahead of the general election in the Netherlands and the government in the constitutional referendum in Turkey in April.