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Turks Take to the Streets

Protests in Rotterdam as the Dutch block Turkish officials from campaigning in Netherlands.

Twelve people were arrested outside of the Turkish embassy in Rotterdam early on Sunday after police in riot gear used batons, dogs and water cannons to disperse crowds of protesters angry that the Dutch government had denied entry to two Turkish officials looking to campaign for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan among the large number of Turkish dual-nationals living there.

The protests broke in both Rotterdam and outside the Dutch consulate in Ankara out after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's flight was prevented from landing in the Netherlands and Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, Turkey's family minister, was denied entry by road.

In Istanbul, the Dutch flag was replaced with the Turkish one, according to the Associated Press. A spokesperson for the Dutch police, Patricia Wessels, told the Associated Press that the arrests were made for alleged violence and public order offenses, and that protesters threw bottles and rocks at police early Sunday.

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