Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Video Shows Turkish President Erdogan Watching Brutal Fight Outside Embassy In Washington

Video Shows Turkish President Erdogan Watching Brutal Fight Outside Embassy In Washington

A video shows the Turkish president standing near his vehicle as the fighting ensued, before turning his back and walking into the embassy.

"President Trump's embrace of Erdogan is another in the line of similarly warm embrace of autocrats around the globe", Schiff wrote on Facebook. Shouting is heard, and Erdogan's security staff was seen storming the protesters.

The US police also branded the incident as a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters. John McCain sent a letter to Erdogan on Thursday that describes the "violent response of your security detail" as a "blatant violation" of constitutional freedoms. Video shows Erdogan supporters and bodyguards flooding through the police line and beating protesters on American soil. Video shot during the melee showed at least one person getting kicked in the head as police scrambled to subdue the crowd. "Somebody told them to go out there and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators", McCain said. "We will continue to work with our partners at MPD and the State Department to aggressively pursue accountability for those involved in yesterday's protests".

Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said in a news conference on Wednesday that police had a good idea of most of the assailants' identities and were investigating with the Secret Service and State Department.

The State Department called the latest incident "deeply disturbing", insisting there would be a "thorough investigation that will allow us to hold the responsible individuals accountable is of the upmost importance to us".

Witnesses described what happened at the scene. "People have the right in our country to peacefully demonstrate and they were peacefully demonstrating".

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Borazan told BuzzFeed News that one of Erdoğan's guards threatened her by saying: "I'm going to kill you, you're dead, you are gone". "And I thought, 'okay I'm on the ground already, what is the goal to beat me?'"

"We weren't doing anything wrong", said pro-Erdogan demonstrator Mustafa Dikilitas.

Protesters who support the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) turned up and started provoking Erdogan's security detail as well as Turkish-American citizens who had come to see the Turkish leader.

Images of protesters bloodied by Erdogan's bodyguards horrified people in the USA on Wednesday, but back in Turkey they gave many a great deal of satisfaction.

U.S. officials have criticized the Turkish government over violence outside its ambassador's residence in Washington. They were assaulting these people on U.S. soil.Turkish Ambassador should be kicked out of country. He then enters the ambassador's residence flanked by several Turkish government ministers, including Berat Albayrak, Turkey's energy minister and Erdogan's son-in-law. "The United States recognizes this inviolability, which provides reciprocal protection for the United States overseas".

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