Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

US Complains To Turkey Over Embassy Violence

US Complains To Turkey Over Embassy Violence

PRESIDENT TRUMP laid out the welcome mat this week for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the strongman apparently felt so much at home he thought it okay for his thugs to beat up peaceful demonstrators.

Erdogan met Trump at the White House on Tuesday, with the two leaders pledging to improve ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies - even as Erdogan gave a stern warning about Washington's arming of Kurdish militia in Syria.

Sen. John McCain also chimed in, calling for the Turkish ambassador to be removed from the U.S.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday.

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

Footages of a brawl between a small group of protesters believed to be pro-Kurdish and some men dressed in black suits, identified as Erdogan's security agents, went viral on social media.

Two men were arrested at the scene, and police intend to pursue charges against others involved, the Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday.

The US State Department expressed concern to Turkey in the "strongest possible terms" on Wednesday.

That's not something that we will tolerate here in Washington D.C. This is a city where people should be allowed to come and peacefully protest.

"This kind of thing cannot go un-responded to diplomatically", said McCain, suggesting that the USA sue the Turkish government if the bodyguards responsible for the violence can't be identified.

The Turkish foreign minister is calling for the removal of the USA envoy, claiming he is sympathetic to Kurdish Syrians as the top congressional Republican demands swift action after the Turkish president's security detail violently broke up a protest in Washington, DC.

Turkey's embassy blamed the violence on demonstrators, saying they aggressively provoked Turkish-American citizens gathered to see Erdogan.

The statement said a Turkish-American was "seriously injured" in self-defense.

"Just past year, when Erdogan was back in the States for a summit on nuclear security, at Brookings, outside Brookings, [in Washington, D.C.], there were similar protests and similar unseemly scenes of clashes along Massachusetts Avenue".

The fight took place just hours after Donald Trump praised Erdoğan's visit to the White House as "a great honor".

Ayten Necmi, 49, of Woodside, New York, was charged with aggravated assault, police said, after a woman who was thrown to the ground and kicked identified Necmi as her attacker.

"This is Erdogan's security detail", McCain said.

"We call upon the Turkish government to apologize immediately for the involvement of any officials", said the statement.

USA government officials have been roundly critical of the guard's actions. It was unclear if they were members of Mr Erdogan's security. "So, you can not have that happen in the United States of America".

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday he wanted Brett McGurk, the USA special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, removed from his post, saying he supported Kurdish militants.

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