Turkey has summoned the Dutch envoy in Ankara to complain about the actions of Rotterdam police against protesters after a Turkish minister was blocked from visiting her country’s consulate in the city.

Dutch police used dogs and water cannon on Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters waving Turkish flags. Turkey’s foreign ministry said the intervention was disproportionate and called for legal action against police misconduct.

Tensions between the countries have escalated in a row over Ankara’s political campaigning abroad. The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is looking to the large number of Turks living in Europe to help secure victory next month in a referendum that would give his office increased powers.

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