Turkey Dispute Over Washington Protest Heats Up
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 16:57
U.S. officials had summoned the Turkish envoy to voice concerns about the altercation that happened outside the embassy amid increasing calls for strong action against the Turkish officers.
Video from the brawl spread rapidly across social media, with some in the USA calling for the prosecution of the Turkish guards who seemingly kicked and choked protesters, the Washington Post reports.
Turkish diplomats have criticized the local police for failing to quell an "unpermitted" and "provocative" demonstration.
Turkey requested "a full investigation of this diplomatic incident", saying the actions of US security personnel were "contrary to diplomatic rules and practices".
"The investigation is being conducted by the MPD, U.S. Secret Service, and Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service", a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon.
The Turkish and American governments have drastically different views of the altercation.
"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, while the President of Turkey was visiting the Residence", said the Turkish embassy in a statement. Another video shows that Erdogan himself watched the protest, after emerging from his vehicle in the ambassador's driveway.
It should be pointed out that the protesters, their right to dissent protected by the U.S. Constitution, needed no permit and were breaking no rules.
"We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. Two people were arrested for assault, one of them a protester.
The Turkish ambassador should be "thrown the hell out of Washington", Sen.
John Bass, the USA ambassador to Turkey, was summoned to the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday in Ankara and given "written and verbal protest" that blamed the altercation on "aggressive and unprofessional actions taken, contrary to diplomatic rules and practices, by US personnel", according to a statement by the Turkish government.
Turkey, US demand investigations into protest brawlA recent brawl outside the Turkish Ambassador's home in Washington has sparked a diplomatic dispute. The victims included Americans, he said, and there was no justification for the attack.