March 7, 2017 / 7:47 PM / 4 months ago

Turkish minister accuses Germany of systematic political pressure on Turks

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey, March 5, 2017.Murad Sezer

HAMBURG (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister accused Berlin on Tuesday of exerting systematic pressure on Turkish citizens in Germany and hampering those who wanted to campaign in support of President Tayyip Erdogan's bid for new powers at a referendum next month.

Mevlut Cavusoglu was speaking at a rally of Turkish citizens in the residence of the Turkish consulate-general after the building originally scheduled for the meeting was closed by authorities. Turkey accuses Germany of hindering a string of other scheduled meetings by closing premises.

Editing by Alison Williams

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