Foreign Security Officials Launch 'Brutal Attack' on Peaceful Protestors in Washington, DC
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 0:20
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched Tuesday as men believed to be members of his security detail attacked protesters in the nation's capital, US News reports.
In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President".
'We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms, ' said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman.
Last year, a similar incident took place during Erdogan's visit to Washington when Erdogan guards beat Turkish journalists who were protesting for their free speech rights.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., called for the arrest and prosecution of members of Erdogan's security detail.
And Erdogan, speaking in Istanbul two days after meeting Trump, said he was putting Washington on notice that his forces won't hesitate to attack US -backed Kurds if they threaten Turkey.
This was all happening while President Trump was hosting a visit with Erdogan in the White House.
The D.C. Police Department said in a statement, "We will continue to work with our partners at the Unites States State Department and the United States Secret Service to identify and hold all subject accountable for their involvement in the altercation".
"You can not have that happen in the United States of America".
Following the White House meeting, Erdogan met with a group of United States businessmen at the Turkish Ambassador's residence across from Sheridan Circle, where another group of protesters were gathered. "This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically".
The security detail, he continued, violated American laws on United States ground, and that can not happen.
"We are facing a picture where terrorist organisations are constantly supported, strengthened and are confronting us".
"It is another thing for us, as Americans, to see that exported to the United States", Hamparian said.
Ankara regards the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which is a US ally in the fight against Islamic State, as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group fighting a decades-old insurgency in southeastern Turkey. In addition, "the U.S. Department of State is working closely with local authorities concerning this incident".