Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urges international organizations to impose sanctions on the Netherlands. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday (March 12) the Netherlands was acting like a "banana republic" and should face sanctions for barring Turkish ministers from speaking in Rotterdam, fueling a row over Ankara's political campaigning abroad. "The Netherlands is nothing like an EU country," Erdogan said at an event in Kocaeli province, near Istanbul. "It is acting like a banana republic." Erdogan is looking to the large number of Turks living in Europe, especially in Germany and the Netherlands, to help secure victory next month in a referendum that would give the presidency sweeping new powers. The Netherlands joined other European countries in stopping Turkish politicians holding rallies, due to fears that tensions in Turkey might spill over into their expatriate communities. The Dutch government barred Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from flying to Rotterdam on Saturday (March 11) and later stopped Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya from entering the Turkish consulate there, before escorting her out of the country to Germany. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Sunday he would do everything to "de-escalate" the confrontation, which he described as the worst the Netherlands had experienced for years.