Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Senators Urge Turkish President To Hold His Bodyguards Accountable For DC Violence


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 State Department confirmed that two members of the Turkish security team were briefly detained after the brawl, and then released. Eventually Erdogan turns away and slowly walks into the embassy. Video shows Erdogan supporters and bodyguards flooding through the police line and beating protesters on American soil.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Turkish embassy blamed the protesters for the attacks and said the guards - the only people there with guns tucked under their suit coats - were acting in self-defense. It happened in Washington, outside the residence of the Turkish ambassador.

Erdogan said he warned Trump that Turkey would combat YPG if the group posed any security threat.

"The Secret Service fully respects individuals' First Amendment Right to free speech and the right to peacefully protest", the Secret Service said in a statement.

Erdogan was in Washington, DC to meet with President Donald Trump, who praised him as a loyal ally in the battle against Islamic extremism.

The State Department condemned the attack Wednesday, and police in the nation's capital said they were working to identify the assailants, some of whom were armed. "The United States recognizes this inviolability, which provides reciprocal protection for the United States overseas".

A group of Republican lawmakers went a step further, calling the episode an "affront to the United States" and calling for Turkey to apologize.

Those statements are a sign of Turkey's discontent due to the lack of results of the meeting between Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his USA peer, Donald Trump.

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" talk show, McCain said that "we should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America".

He said that parts of Turkey's southeast and eastern regions, where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has been fighting a decades-old insurgency, were still flooded with weapons.

Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham called the attacks "brutal" and vowed to "pursue everything that's within our legal power to hold the folks that were responsible for their actions".

Ankara regards the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which is a USA ally in the fight against Islamic State, as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group fighting a decades-old insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

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