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Dutch authorities treated me harshly: Turkish minister

European attitude towards a female minister 3 days after International Women's Day is a tragicomedy: Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya

12.03.2017
Dutch authorities treated me harshly: Turkish minister Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, departed from Cologne Bonn Airport, speaks to media upon her arrival at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on March 12, 2017.

By Humeyra Atilgan Buyukovali

ISTANBUL

Turkey's minister of family and social policies has said she suffered "harsh and rude treatment" at the hands of Dutch authorities when she was blocked from entering the Turkish consulate in the Netherlands' Rotterdam city late Saturday night.

Speaking to reporters after her plane landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport from Germany's Cologne-Bonn airport, Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya described how she was escorted to Germany by Dutch police after she tried to reach the Turkish consulate and meet Turks gathered there in Rotterdam.

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Kaya said even the Turkish consul was not allowed to meet her outside the consulate.

"I went there to meet our electorates. I went to meet them at our consulate which is part of our homeland, and we do not need to get permission for that," she said.

She said she was taken to Germany via the Nijmegen border as "democratic and humanitarian values were trampled upon.

"We received an inhumane and unethical treatment," the minister said.

"We were treated harshly and rudely. The European attitude towards a female minister three days after the International Women's Day is a tragicomedy," she said.

All this happened as Europe repeatedly spoke about human rights and freedoms, Kaya added.

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"We were not allowed to meet our basic needs. Freedoms of movement, expression, meeting were all held in abeyance," she said.

Accompanying Kaya at the airport was Energy Minister Berat Albayrak who said it was "a night of shame for the Netherlands”.

He said it was "quite alarming" that most of his European colleagues avoided making a public statement to condemn the incident.

The family minister strongly condemned the treatment meted out to her by Dutch authorities and urged the international community to also condemn it.

Five members of her security detail were also detained late Saturday, she added, and confirmed that Dutch police dispersed Turkish citizens gathering outside Turkish consulate with dogs.

7 wounded, 12 arrested

At least seven people were wounded and 12 others were arrested during Saturday night's police action to disperse the crowd in the Dutch city, Rotterdam police official told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.

Rotterdam police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said 12 were arrested for disobeying police orders.

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Meanwhile, civilians continue to gather outside the Dutch consulate in Istanbul in protest against the Dutch blockade of Turkish ministers. An unidentified person had raised a Turkish flag at the Dutch consulate, which was later taken down and replaced with a Dutch flag. Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.
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