Far-right leader Geert Wilders has slammed a planned event in the Netherlands in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Wilders is hoping to come out on top in the country's next general election.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and other officials have already criticized plans to hold a rally in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the port city of Rotterdam.
"They should not come here and interfere with our domestic problems," Wilders told reporters, referring to the Turkish officials planning to attend the rally.
Wilders went on to call for banning the politicians from entering the country, saying in English that "if I would be prime minister today, I would declare - until at least the half of April when they have the referendum - I would call the whole cabinet of Turkey persona non grata for a month or two, not allowing them to come here."
Wilders' far-right PVV led opinion polls for several months, with around 20 percent support - enough to lead a coalition if only other parties hadn't ruled out a deal with Wilders' party. But the PVV has lost ground in recent weeks.