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3 injured in clashes at Turkey’s Brussels consulate

Security forces stand guard after citizens arriving at Turkish Consulate General in Brussels to cast their ballots for Turkey's upcoming referendum, fight each other in Brussels, Belgium on March 30, 2017. Voting process continues for Turkish citizens, registered in abroad electoral register. Turkey will hold a referendum on constitutional changes on the 16th of April 2017.

Three people were injured and taken to a hospital after supporters and opponents of the Turkish government clashed outside the country’s consulate in central Brussels on Thursday, Cumhuriyet reported.

According to the report, 3 Kurds were stabbed during the clashes, one of whom is in critical condition.

Turkish citizens living in European countries on Monday started to cast their ballots in Turkish missions across the country for a referendum on a constitutional package that will increase President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers and change Turkey’s system of governance into an executive presidency.

Europe is home to an estimated 2.5 million Turkish citizens eligible to vote. Over 3 million Turks, of whom 1.4 million can vote, live in Germany.

Turkey’s relations with various European countries have recently become strained due to the cancellation of rallies planned to be held by Turkish ministers in order to seek the support of Turkish expatriates for a referendum in Turkey on April 16.

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