Video has emerged of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an official vehicle apparently watching as a goon squad of men in suits charged from near where his auto was parked in Washington and attacked peaceful protesters across the street.
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A protest outside the ambassador's residence broke out Tuesday after Turkish President Recep Erdogan visited President Donald Trump at the White House.
In a statement, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser called the violence "an affront to DC [District of Columbia] values and our rights as Americans". Shortly after the incident, Kilic was recorded shouting "You can not touch us!" at DC police, likely referring to his diplomatic immunity.
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"This is the United States of America, this isn't Turkey, this isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically and maybe in other ways", McCain added. We do not do this here. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain initially tweeted after the incident.
And Erdogan, speaking in Istanbul two days after meeting Trump, said he was putting Washington on notice that his forces won't hesitate to attack US -backed Kurds if they threaten Turkey.
A video posted online showed men in dark suits chasing anti-government protesters and punching and kicking them as police intervened.
They stood peacefully waiting for Turkey's president to show up at the embassy in Washington, D.C. Another wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground. A man with bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face.
At least twelve people were injured during clashes, according to BuzzFeed.
The spurce reminds that the US State Department on Wednesday summoned Serdar Kılıç, the Turkish ambassador to the United States, over violence against protesters involving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards and embassy staff. "We call upon the Turkish government to apologize immediately for the involvement of any officials", said the statement.
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Republicans are calling on the Trump administration to investigate whether criminal charges are warranted against any of the bodyguards.
The official also confirmed that two members of Erdogan's security detail "were briefly detained during the altercations and subsequently released" and returned to Turkey with Erdogan. Nine people were injured, one seriously.
Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested two United States residents, Ayten Necmi, 49, and Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, over the incident, according to the BBC.
While Brunson admits to welcoming Kurds at his Christian house of worship, the İzmir Resurrection Church, and sharing the stage with them while leading services, he has denied enabling the spread of any anti-Turkish government messages and noted that, as he did not speak Kurdish himself, he could not know what anyone said in his church in Kurdish.
Nauert said in her statement that the United States respects Turkey's concerns about its approach, and will continue regular consultations on the issue.
The slow pace of US efforts to take Islamic State strongholds Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq have produced a risky USA move in relations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey.
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