Turkish President Recep Tayyip claims European countries have mistreated his citizens
Campaigns ahead of Turkey’s April 16 referendum have caused controversy across Europe, with authorities in The Netherlands, Austria and Germany reportedly voicing displeasure at the nation-wide vote being debated within their borders.
The referendum result could see the Turkish president being granted additional powers.
Speaking at a rally on Sunday, Mr Erdogan claimed Turkish expats had “faced injustices and pressure in Europe” and following the referendum things would change.
President Erdogan at the rally on Sunday
Mr Erdogan said: “I expect a high turnout of Turkish citizens living in European countries.
“Turkish expats have regularly faced injustices and pressure in Europe. But the Turkish people will soon call [those countries] to answer for what they have done.
“After the April 16 referendum, Turkey will bring Europe to account.”
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After the April 16 referendum, Turkey will bring Europe to account
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Last month Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, claimed the EU was falling apart as he alleged “the future of Europe will not be pleasant at all”.
Diplomatic tensions between the Islamic Republic and The Netherlands almost hit crisis point in the lead up to the Dutch general elections in March.
Mr Cavusoglu was denied entry into The Netherlands while another Turkish minster was reportedly expelled from the country.
The referendum on April 16 will allow voters to grant President Erdogan more power
Both ministers had planned to meet Turkish citizens living in the country ahead of the April referendum on whether to grant President Erdogan additional powers.
Mr Erdogan branded The Netherlands as “Nazi remnants” over the incident.
Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, later responded by saying anyone who thinks The Netherlands is acting like fascists are “detached from reality”.
The Turkish red meat association also began sending back Dutch Holstein Friesian cows with a spokesman claiming the “breed was starting to cause serious problems”.