Turkish Security Assaults Protestors In Washington DC

Cheryl Sanders
May 19, 2017

New video footage has emerged that shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looking on as Turkish security officials beat up protesters outside the country's embassy in Washington earlier this week.

"We strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday (Tuesday, May 16 - Ed.) outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington", the senators said in a statement Wednesday.

'We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms, ' said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman.

Police said 11 people were injured, including a Washington police officer, and two people were arrested for assault.

Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called on the Trump administration to replace its envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition - the latest sign of Turkish frustration with the USA war strategy in Syria amid mounting tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. "This kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically", the senator said in an interview with MSNBC.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of America", said Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, on "Morning Joe" when he was asked about the incident.

Washington sees the YPG as a distinct entity and a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State. We do not do this here.

Four or five Middle Eastern men in dark suits from the second group assaulted the peaceful protesters, and about eight people told officers they were attacked, thrown on the ground and stomped, the document said.

The White House hasn't commented on the altercation, but President Trump has been criticized for his positive comments on foreign leaders, like Erdogan, who have been criticized for their records on political freedom and human rights.

But Ankara is now upbeat about the future of relations with Washington under President Donald Trump, with Cavusoglu praising the new administration as "more sincere" after Erdogan's talks with the United States leader this week.

"On Tuesday, President Trump hosted Turkish President Erdogan at the White House".

"Police did not heed Turkish demands to intervene", the news agency said, and Erdogan's security team and Turkish citizens moved in and "dispersed them".

The State Department called the latest incident "deeply disturbing", insisting there would be a "thorough investigation that will allow us to hold the responsible individuals accountable is of the upmost importance to us". Turkey, the United States and European Union consider the PKK a terrorist organization.

For their part, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the protesters, the AP reported.

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