Amsterdam’s riot police intervened in a fight that broke out in a polling centre established for Turkey’s elections at an exhibition centre on Sunday night.
The brawl at the polling station started around 9 pm and the police were finally able to remove the last troublemaker from the location at 2:30 am on Monday, the Dutch media reported.
No arrests were made in the fight, that broke out on the last day of voting for Turkish elections in the Netherlands. The voting period for Turkish citizens living abroad will continue until 9 May evening in other parts of the world.
Some 1.4 million voters have cast their ballots in foreign countries, according to the latest official figures on Monday. A record rate of participation is expected as all political parties have mobilised their voters living abroad for the critical 14 May elections.
Around 250,000 people are eligible to vote in the Netherlands, where support for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was at 73 per cent in the 2018 elections.
Amsterdam has displayed the latest example of tensions between Turkey’s voters becoming apparent in polling stations established in other countries.
Turkey’s pro-government media presented the incident in Amsterdam as an attack by sympathisers of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on people at the polling station.