FM: US understands Turkey’s position against Syrian Kurds
Another wrenches a woman’s neck and throws her to the ground.
In all, nine people were hurt.
USA officials expressed outrage after what they described as a “brutal attack” Tuesday by Erdogan bodyguards on a small group of pro-Kurdish protesters who gathered on the U.S. capital’s “Embassy Row” after Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House. Apart from showing his anger towards Kılıç, McCain also said that lawsuits should be brought against the people responsible behind this incident.
VOA’s Turkish Service said the protesters were supporters of Selahattin Demirtas, a jailed pro-Kurdish lawmaker.
The Turkish embassy claimed the president’s bodyguards were acting in “self-defense”.
News reported on Wednesday that the men who attacked the protesters were bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The man who attacked Borazan has not been identified.
It took place just hours after Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House.
“This kind of thing cannot go un-responded to diplomatically”, said McCain, suggesting that the U.S. sue the Turkish government if the bodyguards responsible for the violence can’t be identified.
Politicians weighed in as well.
Turkey’s leader and his security team are guests in the United States. “We do not do this here”, Sen.
Senator John McCain on Thursday called for the envoy to be expelled. “There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior”.
Police called the violence a “brutal attack on peaceful protesters”.
“We hope that, in the future, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that similar provocative actions causing harm and violence do not occur”, the embassy statement said.
Still, the State Department said it was expressing “concern” to Turkey over the incident “in the strongest possible terms”. Ayten Necmi, 49, was charged with aggravated assault and Jalal Kheirabaoi, 42, was charged with assaulting a police officer.
At one point, Turkish Ambassador to Washington Serdar Kilic appears and shouts at one of the police officers.
The US agrees with Turkey in designating the PKK as a terrorist organization, but rejects the idea that Kurdish forces in Syria or Iraq should be treated in the same fashion.
Turkey called Thursday for the removal of the USA diplomat coordinating the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, accusing him of backing Syrian Kurdish militia.