Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Erdogan watched his bodyguards beat up protesters in Washington

Erdogan watched his bodyguards beat up protesters in Washington

A congressional aide told The Associated Press that two members of Erdogan's security detail were detained on the scene Tuesday by diplomatic security agents, and they quickly claimed diplomatic immunity and were released. They have raised concerns with the Turkish government "at the highest levels".

The violent clash on Tuesday evening left one police officer and 11 other people injured, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Turkey called Thursday for the removal of the U.S. diplomat coordinating the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, accusing him of backing Syrian Kurdish militias.

WASHINGTON-Senator John McCain, one of the leading foreign policy voices in Congress, on Thursday urged the expulsion of Turkey's USA ambassador after pro-Turkish groups brutally attacked protesters during Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to DC.

A senior Republican senator is calling for Turkey's ambassador to be thrown out of the country in response to violence involving members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahns) security detail. "This kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically", Senator John McCain told MSNBC's Morning Joe programme on Thursday.

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on MSNBC Thursday morning, "We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America".

The United States sees the YPG as distinct from the PKK and as a valuable partner in the fight against Daesh, despite extensive evidence that shows that the PYD and YPG are both Syrian offshoots of the PKK. We do not do this here.

At their meeting Tuesday, Trump said the USA would re-establish its military and economic partnership with Turkey, committing to backing Turkey's defense against both Islamic State and the PKK.

When President Trump met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week, he made sure to bring up the plight of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is now being detained in Turkey. Two people were arrested, one charged with assaulting a police officer, but it is unclear whether those arrested were protesters or Erdogan's security personnel. The unseemly incident is adding to U.S.

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.

The video then shows Erdogan's bodyguard standing up outside of the vehicle before appearing to relay commands to another man closer to the protests unfolding on the street outside the embassy.

It said the protesters belonged to the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, which Turkey has labeled a terrorist organization.

The incident occurred after Erdogan arrived after a White House meeting with President Trump.

Turkey believes the Kurds in Syria are linked to the PKK.

Meanwhile, the US State Department issued a statement saying McGurk has the full support of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the White House.

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