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Turkish authorities have sealed off the Dutch embassy in Ankara, sources at Turkey's foreign ministry said on Saturday, as a row between the two countries over Turkish campaigning in Europe escalated.
Protesters gathered outside the embassy into the early hours of Sunday and chanted slogans as police placed fences around the building.
"We are here to denounce the treatment dished out by Dutch police to our minister. We are here to defend our country and our people. We came here with these feelings," said protester Abdullah Daldiken.
Turkey also closed off the residences of the Dutch ambassador, charge d'affaires and consul general as tensions between the NATO partners escalated after the Dutch government barred Turkey's foreign minister from flying to Rotterdam.
Earlier, Turkey's Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was blocked by Dutch police from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, NOS News reported.
Authorities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have also banned Turkish campaign events in the escalating dispute.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who described the Dutch as "Nazi remnants" after Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was turned away, has chafed at Western criticism of mass arrests carried out in the wake of a July coup attempt.