- last Saturday the Turkish Minister of Social Affairs and the family was expelled from the Dutch city.
- the Turkish Mayor criticized that “the ingrained diplomatic relations have been subject to hostile, dangerous mentality and prejudices” of the Dutch Government.
- hours before Erdogan said at a rally that had requested that the order to break the twinning was transmitted to Alderman.
the plenary of the Istanbul City Council has unanimously agreed breaking the agreement of twinning linking from 2005 to Rotterdam, in protest at the expulsion Saturday of the Turkish Minister of family and Social Affairs, Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, in that Dutch city.
and explained it to the Mayor, Kadir Topbas, in a statement released on the website of the City Council, where he complains that “the ingrained diplomatic relations have been subject to hostile, dangerous mentality and prejudices” of the Dutch Government.
only hours earlier, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was saying at a public rally that had requested that the order to break the twinning was transmitted to the Mayor.
“It is impossible for us to be paired with people as well,” said the Islamist politician, who in the last days has accused Holland of Nazi practices .
the Minister tried to give a rally Saturday at the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam, but the police retained their car and finally drove it to Germany at the time that broke up a demonstration of Turkish citizens.
Istanbul is twinned with 53 cities, including Barcelona, Mexico City, Havana, Caracas and Buenos Aires.