Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Protesters Beaten in 'Brutal Attack' During Turkish President's United States Visit

The United States says it released two members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahns) security detail after briefly detaining them during a violent incident outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.

"We are going to pursue everything that's within our legal power to hold the folks that were responsible accountable for their actions", D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference.

This was all happening while President Trump was hosting a visit with Erdogan in the White House.

The protesters said they were demonstrating peacefully until Erdogan's guards and supporters suddenly moved toward them.

Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called on the Trump administration to replace its envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition - the latest sign of Turkish frustration with the US war strategy in Syria and of mounting tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

For their part, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the protesters, the AP reported.

"After all, they violated American laws in the United States of America, so you can not have that happen in the United States of America".

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"All of the sudden they just ran towards us", said Lucy Usoyan, a Yazidi Kurd demonstrator. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called for the expulsion of Turkey's ambassador to the United States. Video shows men wearing dark suits and others hitting and kicking protesters.

Just days after a brutal fight outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC, that left at least a dozen people injured, video footage has surfaced showing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calmly watching the violence near his auto.

"We intend to assure that there is accountability for anyone involved in this assault", he said, adding that the police were working closely with the State Department and the Secret Service.

On Wednesday, there was rare bipartisan agreement on two things: appointing Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's meddling in the us presidential election was a good idea, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's armed security detail beating and kicking peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington was an outrage. "It is another thing for us, as Americans, to see that exported to the United States", Hamparian said.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington claimed Wednesday that Erdogan's bodyguards were acting in "self-defense".

"You can not have that happen in the United States of America".

"We said we would not be in such an operation with you where you ally with terror organizations and so we said good luck", President Recep Tayyip Erodogan said after meeting President Donald Trump in Washington, according to AP.

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