Turkey demands US replace envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 12:11
"Groups affiliated with the PKK, which the US and Turkey have designated as a terrorist organization, gathered yesterday without permit in Sheridan Circle in the immediate vicinity of the ambassador's residence", the Turkish embassy said in a statement late Wednesday.
Mr Erdogan, who met President Donald Trump earlier in the day, was visiting Turkish ambassador Serdar Kılıç's residence when the scuffle broke out.
The clash happened Tuesday in Washington, D.C., near the home of Turkey's ambassador.
The Turkish Embassy in the USA blamed the violence on the protesters, who included Kurds, a minority group with tensions with the Turkish government. "It would be useful if this person was replaced", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the private NTV television.
Republican Senator John McCain, head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wants even tougher action.
"This is a city where people should be allowed to come and peacefully protest", Newsham added.
United States expresses concern in "strongest possible terms" after violence erupted outside the Turkish embassy.
The militia associated with the PYD, the People's Protection Units (YPG), are allies of the United States, while the Turkish government considers them a terrorist organization.
Speaking with broadcaster NTV, Cavusoglu accused McGurk of supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a militant group inside Turkey fighting the government as part of a more than 30-year insurgency over minority rights.
"The next time they could kill us easily".
"I'm still outraged at this Turkish beating", McCain said.
As news of the Trump Administration's implosion circulates, tensions in Washington D.C. continue to escalate as demonstrators protesting against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faced a series of violent assaults.
"All of the sudden they just ran towards us", said Yazidi Kurd demonstrator Lucy Usoyan.
Eleven people were injured, including one police officer, in what law enforcement called a "brutal attack".
On Wednesday, D.C. police announced that they will pursue additional charges against individuals who instigated the violence, dcist.com reported. He added that some members of the pro-Erdogan group were carrying firearms, which made it more hard for police to contain the scene. Foreign security guards kicking and stomping USA protesters in the nation's capital did not sit well in Washington.