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In one of the worst diplomatic rows between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in decades, Turkey's Islamist president has compared the Dutch government to Nazis after it prevented two Turkish ministers from addressing rallies in the Netherlands in support of the Turkish leader's attempts to significantly expand his powers.

Ahead of Saturday's decision, Wilders had accused the government of a weak response to Turkish plans to send ministers to the Netherlands to campaign.

Later Sunday, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen postponed a discussed visit by his Turkish counterpart.

"This rejection is also valid for our allies, such as the Netherlands".

Turkey has said the Netherlands will be forced to apologise for barring its ministers from speaking in Rotterdam, the latest twist in a spat between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Because they don't bite each other.

The government said it withdrew the permission because of "risks to public order and security", causing Cavusoglu to say, "So is the foreign minister of the Turkish republic a terrorist?"

Moreover, on the same day, Turkish Family and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was denied entry to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.

"If you let horses, dogs on my citizens you have to be held to account", he said, referring to dogs, horses and water cannons used by Dutch police to disperse pro-Erdogan demonstrators after clashes in Rotterdam early Sunday".

Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said the arrests, made for alleged violence and public order offences, came as protesters pelted police with bottles and rocks early Sunday.

A veteran soldier of the Netherlands' military was among the Turks who were attacked near the Turkish Consulate General in Rotterdam during the protest against the scandalous ban on Turkish ministers who wanted to attend meetings in the country.

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte denounced Mr Erdogan's comments as "crazy" and "way out of line".

The diplomatic feud between Netherlands and Turkey worsened after Istanbul threatened sanctions as Amsterdam barred Turkish ministers from landing in the country last week.

"To be called Nazis by a regime which is walking backwards in regards to human rights is just disgusting", Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher told BBC News.

Turkey then cancelled the trip altogether but did not specify any reason, according to news agencies.

Several European countries, including Holland, have stopped Turkish politicians holding rallies, due to fears that tensions in Turkey might spill over into their expatriate communities.

Ahead of the election on March 15, Wilders has campaigned along an anti-EU, anti-Islam platform. In a neck and neck race, the parties of either Rutte or populist firebrand Geert Wilders could end up the most votes.

On Monday morning, Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires in Ankara for the third time in three days.

Hundreds of protesters waving Turkish flags gathered outside, demanding to see the minister but have now been dispersed by police.

It was soon removed and the consulate sealed off by police.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to prevent Turkey's political tensions from spreading into Germany.


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