Protesters outside the consulate general of the Netherlands in Istanbul, Turkey managed to sneak inside and pull down the Dutch flag from the consulate and replaced it with a Turkish one as a diplomatic row escalates between the two countries. They were screaming “Allah Akbar” as they were celebrating the crime.
NTV reports that the Dutch flag was taken down at midday for about an hour on Sunday before being restored above the consulate.
— Hürriyet Daily News (@HDNER) March 12, 2017
— NTV (@ntv) March 12, 2017
The protest comes amid a major diplomatic row between the Dutch and Turkish governments over efforts by the latter to marshal support for a constitutional referendum next month among Turkish citizens in the Netherlands.
On Saturday, Dutch authorities refused permission for Turkey’s foreign minister to land, and the Turkish family affairs minister was later deported after entering the Netherlands by land to attend a political rally.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan branded the Dutch authorities “Nazi remnants, fascists” after permission for Mevlut Cavusoglu’s flight to land was revoked. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte fired back, saying the comments were “way out of line.”
Saturday night saw skirmishes in the streets of Rotterdam as Turkish demonstrators protested the Dutch government. The gathering turned violent as protesters hurled missiles and clashed with riot police, who unleashed water cannon to disperse the crowd.