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Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence

Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence
Bennie Garza | 19 May, 2017, 14:55

Turkey has told the United States it will not join in any military operations that include Kurdish fighters in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today, while vowing to strike the US -backed Kurds if they threaten Turkey's security.

U.S. officials have condemned Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan's bodyguards after they roughed up protestors outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington DC.

The Turkish embassy released a statement on May 17 that contradicted USA officials and video evidence, blaming instead the demonstrators, who, it said, had been "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

Kheirabadi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he joined the demonstration, saying "Erdogan is a terrorist" and "Mr. Trump, please say no to Erdogan", when Turkish security staff "just attacked us".

Police said 11 people were injured, including a Washington police officer, and two people were arrested for assault.

Turkey's ambassador to the US ought to be kicked "the hell out" after Turkish security officials engaged in a bloody clash with protesters outside his Washington, D.C., residence, Sen.

VOA's Turkish Service said the protesters were supporters of Selahattin Demirtas, a jailed pro-Kurdish lawmaker.

It's not clear to what extent President Erdogan's full security team was involved. "We have long supported Turkey as a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and a key USA ally in the region, and we expect conduct more appropriate to our decade's long partnership". "The United States recognizes this inviolability, which provides reciprocal protection for the United States overseas". Twelve people were injured after protests outside of the Turkish ambassador's residence, DC Police Chief Peter Newsham announced in a press conference.

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.

Videos circulating on social media on the day of the melee appear to show Erdogan's guards inciting the violence. The U.S. Senator had earlier called the brawl "thuggish behavior". "Turkey is not a country that will consent to such treatment", Erdogan said.

So the Americans will continue to provide arms, ammunition, equipment and training to the PKK-linked Syrian terrorists known as the People's Defense Forces (YPG) that is the backbone of the force charged by the U.S.to retake Raqqa from Daesh militants, and Turkey will continue treating these people as terrorists and thus, reserve the right to fight against them as Turkey does any terrorist group.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has "the full support and backing" of Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"We can not turn a blind eye to these actions at home, and we urge you to hold accountable those members of your staff who violently attacked peaceful protestors in our nation's capital".

Later, speaking to reporters at the Turkish embassy, Erdogan underlined Turkey's concerns about the YPG, which Ankara regards as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group fighting a decades-old insurgency in southeast Turkey.

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