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Video shows Erdogan watched bodyguards' violent attack on protesters in DC

Video shows Erdogan watched bodyguards' violent attack on protesters in DC

The attack allegedly perpetrated by bodyguards and other supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came under fierce criticism from Washington, D.C., police and local officials, who described it as a violent attack on peaceful demonstrators. "What we saw yesterday - a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration - is an affront to D.C. values and our rights as Americans", said D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D). "This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically, and maybe in other ways". He suggested that lawsuits should be filed if the responsible bodyguards can be identified.

On Thursday Arizona Sen.

Cavusoglu said Turkey received US assurances that arms sent to the YPG would only be used against IS and not against Turkey, with a promise to support Turkey's fight against the PKK.

But the police said they are also working with the US State Department and Secret Service "to identify and hold all suspects" - suggesting that they are seeking to interview Erdogan's security detail. It was unclear if they were members of Mr Erdogan's security. The aide was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce also sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging them to take action over the clashes.

The spurce reminds that the US State Department on Wednesday summoned Serdar Kılıç, the Turkish ambassador to the United States, over violence against protesters involving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards and embassy staff.




The assault on pro-Kurd protesters occurred shortly after Erdogan's Tuesday meeting with Trump at the White House.

A Voice of America video shows police officers struggling to protect a small group of protesters across the street from the embassy from being kicked and beaten bloody by a group of men in dark suits who repeatedly refused their orders to stay away. Another person wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.

Washington police were initially overwhelmed but quickly drafted in reinforcements, quelling the fight and making two arrests, but not before 11 people including a U.S. officer were hurt.

The protesters "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President", the embassy said in a statement released late Wednesday. "The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured".

The biggest dispute between Turkey and the USA recently has been the Trump administration's plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants fighting the Islamic State group.

The decision is meant to accelerate the operation to recapture the key Islamic State group stronghold of Raqqa.


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