President Erdogan: "We will teach them international diplomacy" Protests erupted as the consulate in Rotterdam was blocked Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya tweeted updates as she was escorted out of the Netherlands A rally did go ahead in Metz in France on Sunday A protester (bottom left) shouts slogans after replacing the Dutch flag with a Turkish one at the Netherlands’ consulate in Istanbul. It was later removed and replaced with the Dutch flag again
Reports say the owner of a venue in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, has now cancelled a pro-Erdogan rally on Sunday that was to have been attended by Turkey’s agriculture minister. Sweden’s foreign ministry said it was not involved in the decision and that the event can take place elsewhere.
What is the row about?
Turkey is holding a referendum on 16 April on whether to turn from a parliamentary to a presidential republic, more akin to the United States.
If successful, it would give sweeping new powers to the president, allowing him or her to appoint ministers, prepare the budget, choose the majority of senior judges and enact certain laws by decree.
President Erdogan is hoping to win sweeping new powers
What’s more, the president alone would be able to announce a state of emergency and dismiss parliament.
In order to get it passed, Mr Erdogan needs the votes of citizens living within Turkey and abroad.
There are 5.5 million Turks living outside the country, with 1.4 million eligible voters in Germany alone – and the Yes campaign is keen to get them on side.
So a number of rallies have been planned for countries with large numbers of expat voters, including Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.
However, Mr Erdogan’s supporters have found themselves blocked from holding these rallies.
Why are countries trying to prevent the rallies?
Many of the countries, including Germany, have cited security concerns as the official reason.
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Mr Erdogan was not welcome to hold rallies as this could increase friction and hinder integration.
Many European nations have also expressed deep disquiet about Turkey’s response to the July coup attempt and the country’s perceived slide towards authoritarianism under President Erdogan.
Germany in particular has been critical of the mass arrests and purges that followed – with nearly 100,000 civil servants removed from their posts.