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Dutch police break up pro-Erdogan protest

Dutch riot police have broken up a rally in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hours after a minister was refused entry to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.The Turkish minister was then escorted to the German border and expelled.
Police used water cannons to break up the protesters, who had gathered outside the consulate as the diplomatic row between the two nations escalated.
Protesters were reportedly throwing bottles and mobbing police cars.
Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, Turkey’s minister of family and social policies, had arrived by road on Saturday ahead of a rally planned to help harness the votes of Turks living in the Netherlands.
They will be voting in a referendum next month on whether to expand Mr Erdogan’s powers.
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 them to appoint ministers, prepare the budget, choose the majority of senior judges and enact certain laws by decree.
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 to get the votes of both those citizens living in, and out, of Turkey.-UNS/BBC

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