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Report: Dutch citizens critical of Erdoğan prevented from leaving Turkey

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Up to 100 Dutch nationals of Turkish descent are being barred from leaving Turkey, according to Dutch public broadcaster NOS.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, NOS said on Thursday that those involved were on holiday or on a trip to see their families in Turkey.

The most common characteristic linking members of the group is that they have been publicly critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, NOS underlined, adding that some of the people affected are followers of the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a July 15 coup attempt.

It has become a common occurrence in the recent period that Turkey cancels passports of dissidents including academics, journalists, lawyers, judges and businessmen.

Relations between Turkey and the Netherlands became strained when The Hague refused to allow two Turkish ministers into the country for a political speech ahead of Turkey’s upcoming referendum. (Turkey Purge)

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