U.S. decries Washington, DC, brawl during Erdogan's visit
- Author: Leroy Wright May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 11:25
Similar clashes happened previous year when Erdogan visited Washington for a nuclear security summit.
The bodyguards of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got into a fight with protesters in the nation's capital, and the whole thing was caught on video.
The U.S. State Department is expressing concern about Tuesday's violent clash involving supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a few dozen protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.
Turkey is calling for the ouster of the USA envoy to the global coalition fighting the extremist group Islamic State (IS), accusing him of supporting Kurdish militias.
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It was unclear if they were members of Mr Erdogan's security or protesters.
"After all, they violated American laws in the United States of America, so you can not have that happen in the United States of America".
President Donald Trump walks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his vehicle following his visit to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Two people were arrested as the result of the incident, which left a total of nine people injured - two of whom were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The calls came as the Trump administration acknowledged it had released two members of Erdogan's detail after holding them briefly after the incident, which took place Tuesday outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in the USA capital.
He went on to call for a diplomatic response from the USA and said the government should press charges against Turkish officials involved in the brawl.
Kheirabadi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he joined the demonstration, saying "Erdogan is a terrorist" and "Mr. Trump, please say no to Erdogan", when Turkish security staff "just attacked us".
But the Turkish Embassy said the demonstrators were aggressively provoking Turkish-Americans who had gathered to greet the president, and they in turn responded in self-defence.
What happened next has been described by the DC Police Department's Chief as a "brutal attack" on peaceful protestors.
On Wednesday (US time), Turkey's official Anadolu news agency labeled the protesters Kurdish "supporters of terror".
"Reports indicate that some Turkish officials were involved in assaulting protesters, which violates the most basic rules of democracy and is an affront to the United States and the value we place on the right to free speech, as embodied in our Constitution".
The security detail, he continued, violated American laws on United States ground, and that can not happen.