German officials block pro-Erdogan rally by Turkish minister

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‘German officials have forbidden Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag from addressing President Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters in the town of Gaggenau amid a diplomatic row between the two countries.

They withdrew permission on Thursday for an event where Bozdag had planned to address a campaign rally in support of a controversial constitutional referendum to boost Erdogan’s executive powers.

Gaggenau officials said the venue chosen for the rally was too small for the expected crowd, citing security and parking concerns as reasons for scrapping the permission for the event.

Bozdag called the decision to withdraw the permit as “unacceptable,” reported Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.’

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