Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders calls on the entire Turkish cabinet to be temporarily banned from the country. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders led a small protest outside Turkey's embassy on Wednesday (March 8), denouncing its president as a dictator, as he tried to arrest his party's slide in opinion polls with one week to go before a parliamentary election. Turkish politicians have announced plans to address rallies in Germany and the Netherlands to drum up support among expat Turks for President Tayyip Erdogan, stirring disquiet in both countries and offering a campaign opportunity for Wilders. He led a few dozen activists from his anti-Islam Freedom Party who unfurled a banner protesting the Turkish foreign minister's plans to campaign for Dutch-Turkish dual nationals to vote in an upcoming referendum to expand Erdogan's powers. There was no reaction from within the embassy to the protest, during which demonstrators unfurled a banner reading "Stay away. This is our country". The Dutch election is being closely watched in France and Germany, where anti-EU and anti-immigration politicians hope to make major gains in national elections this year and deliver upsets that could reshape European politics.