Swiss region blocks Turkey referendum campaign rally

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend an event in Kelsterbach, Germany, on March 6, 2017.

Swiss police blocked a rally Friday supporting a referendum in Turkey, amid uncertainty over whether the

Turkish foreign minister would be allowed to host a similar event planned for Zurich this weekend.

“Police in the canton of Argau have blocked the meeting,” police spokesman Samuel Helbling told AFP, citing security concerns.

The rally featuring Hursit Yildirim, the vice president of the Istanbul chapter of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), had initially been scheduled to take place in Zurich on Friday evening.

Organisers were pressed to change the venue and announced earlier Friday that it would take place at the Swiss headquarters of the Union of European Turkish Democrats in Spreitenbach in the northern canton of Argau.

But Argau police have blocked that event as well.

The moves came as several local authorities in Germany especially, but also elsewhere in Europe, have attempted to block public appearances by Turkish ministers to drum up support for a high-stakes referendum next month, aimed at boosting the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish officials have repeatedly hit back, with Erdogan angrily comparing Germany’s actions to “Nazi practices”.

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Source By http://www.france24.com

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