New footage shows Erdogan watching Washington brawl
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 9:49
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched on Tuesday as his supporters and Turkish security forces violently attacked protesters in Washington, D.C., according to a video posted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon by Voice of America's Turkish division.
The US State Department has summoned the Turkish ambassador after Tuesday's violent confrontation between protesters and Turkish security personnel in Washington, DC.
ISTANBUL (AP) Turkey's leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key US ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top USA envoy should be fired for backing the Kurds.
The protest group included Armenian and Kurdish activists opposed to Erdogan, two of whom were arrested in the immediate aftermath.
Eleven people, including a U.S. officer were hurt in the brawl.
Lawsuits can also be sought, said McCain, as "we can identify these people", but the first step should be to throw the ambassador out of the United States.
Turkey's official Anadolu news agency labeled the protesters Kurdish "supporters of terror".
It added that demonstrators began "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet" Erdogan. They said they expected "conduct more appropriate" from Turkey, a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a key US ally.
Erdogan has been unhappy with the U.S. supporting Kurdish fighters.
His comments came hours after Ankara said the United States should dismiss its special envoy in the battle against Islamic State, citing his support for the Kurdish militia.
The VOA shows that the member of Erdogan's team who went off to where the violence erupted came back (at around 1:14 in the clip) as the longtime leader in Ankara left his vehicle and looked at the scene before heading inside.
Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham called the attack against protesters "brutal" and said that it's not something that will be tolerated in the nation's capital.
USA expresses concern in "strongest possible terms" after violence erupted outside the Turkish embassy.
"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".
The incident was very similar to another in Washington past year when Erdogan's guards roughed up Kurdish protesters outside the Brookings Institution think tank just before the president arrived.