Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Nine injured in altercation at Turkish Embassy in Washington


Video from the scene shows a brief but intense altercation involving dozens of people in front of the embassy.

On Wednesday, Turkey's official Anadolu news agency labeled the protesters Kurdish "supporters of terror".

CNN cites D.C. officials as stating that nine individuals, most protesters, were injured in the brawl.

The State Department has also expressed concern to Turkey in the "strongest possible terms" after the clashes in Washington.

Politicians weighed in as well. "I ask that you immediately look into this matter and bring all appropriate charges before these individuals leave the United States".

John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale". We may see it as kind of the thuggishness of the security detail.

Sen. Patrick Leahy's tweet said "We've got to come back to American values". Police further confirmed the two arrests saying that one of those arrested attacked a police officer.

"The Metropolitan Police Department will continue investigating the incident and will work with federal partners to ensure justice is served", she added. He said police were examining video to identify those responsible. A D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman said two of the victims suffered serious injuries.

Tankan said the violence was worse than when Erdogan visited Washington in 2016 and scuffles erupted between his security detail and demonstrators.

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Ayten Necmi, 49, of Woodside, N.Y. was charged with aggravated assault, police said.

According to the Anadolu news agency, Erdogan's guards were forced to intervene after US police took "insufficient security measures" to prevent an illegal demonstration.

"It happened really fast", he said, insisting that he was trying to defend himself and to protect a police officer, not attack one.

"This is what happens in Turkey - this is not what happens in the US", he told the paper.

Court paperwork spells his name Kheirabaoi, but he said that is incorrect.

The U.S. announced last week that it would arm Kurdish fighters in Syria, a move Erdogan is against because he says they are linked to the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey known as the PKK. The U.S. and the European Union agree with Turkey that the group of Kurds in Turkey known as the PKK are indeed terrorists, and the Trump administration has sought to ease Turkish worries that the weapons provided to Kurds in Syria would not end up in the hands of the Turkish Kurds.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says Congress must gather all relevant information before "rushing to judgment" on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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