Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds
New video footage has emerged that shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looking on as Turkish security officials beat up protesters outside the country’s embassy in Washington earlier this week.
An altercation during a demonstration at Washington’s Turkish Embassy during a White House visit from Turkey’s president injured nine people, police said.
The statement said a Turkish-American was “seriously injured” in self-defense. Turkey’s Anadolu state news agency acknowledged that Erdogan’s security detail targeted protesters, but blamed “inadequate” police response for the violence. Video shows men wearing dark suits and others hitting and kicking protesters.
“We clearly told them this: if there is any sort of attack from the YPG and PYD against Turkey, we will implement the rules of engagement without asking anyone”, the Sabah newspaper citing him as saying.
On Wednesday, the State Department said “violence is never an appropriate response to free speech”.
The meeting of the Turkish envoy and the USA official took place at the State Department on Wednesday, and comes amid an outcry among U.S. lawmakers.
Two suspects linked to the violence outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington have appeared in court on assault charges, police said late Wednesday. The freedom of expression has been regulated within the clauses of the Turkish constitution … Necmi was charged with aggravated assault, while Kheirabaoi was charged with assaulting a police officer.
The protesters were mostly Kurds and Armenians, who oppose Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian presidency.
But the police said they are also working with the US State Department and Secret Service “to identify and hold all suspects” – suggesting that they are seeking to interview Erdogan’s security detail.
Authorities in Washington, D.C. are investigating what they called “a brutal attack on peaceful protesters” outside the home of Turkey ambassador Serdar Kilic’s home on 16 May 2017.
Royce detailed his request for an inquiry in a letter sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
This is not the first time Mr. Erdogan has come to the United States and ended up bullying those who dare to disagree with his cruel regime.
But U.S. military officials in both administrations have concluded that Turkey has not provided a plausible alternative to the military plan that relies on the Kurdish fighters.