Turkish foreign minister says wants US envoy McGurk changed

Andrew Cummings
May 20, 2017

Turkey views the YPG-PYD as a terrorist group, which may explain why Erdogan's security might have wanted to intervene in the protest when they saw a flag from the PYD party.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", McCain told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday. "We call upon the Turkish government to apologize immediately for the involvement of any officials", said the statement.

He went on to call for a diplomatic response from the U.S. and said the government should press charges against Turkish officials involved in the brawl.

Eyewitness accounts, along with the testimony of Washington DC's police chief, confirm that the protest was loud but peaceful until Erdogan's goons waded in and attacked.

Multiple videos taken at the scene by Voice of America show that supporters of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan initiated the violence with one supporter shoving a female protester to the ground.

The clash happened at the Turkish ambassador's residence Tuesday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived after a White House meeting with President Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, the State Department said "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

The U.S. State Department has also expressed its official concern "in the strongest possible terms".

Sen. John McCain also chimed in, calling for the Turkish ambassador to be removed from the U.S. Turkish officials said demonstrators were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President".

The statement said a Turkish-American was "seriously injured" in self-defense.

Sen. John McCain said the United States should toss the Turkish ambassador "the hell out" after a demonstration outside the envoy's home in Washington turned violent and several protesters were beaten bloody.

Investigators with the Metropolitan Police Department are working with the Secret Service and the State Department to identify the people on the videos.

Washington and Ankara are bitterly at odds over USA support for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, a group that Turkey considers a front for banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists. They have no right to lay their hands on reporters or protesters or anyone else for that matter, when the people they are apparently roughing up seemed to be merely doing their jobs or exercising the rights they have in this country.

Nine people were hurt and two people were arrested during the incident on Tuesday, and a D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson reported two of those who were hurt sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospitals. Foreign security guards kicking and stomping US protesters in the nation's capital did not sit well in Washington.

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